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Legislature unanimously approves GCC budget

Despite a $100,000 increase in county support, the Genesee County Legislature gave unanimous approval Wednesday to the $29.5 million operating budget for 2007-2008 submitted by Genesee Community College.

The county, as sponsor of the two-year college now celebrating its 40th year, is required to approve the budget presented by the GCC board of trusteess.

For the third straight year, GCC raised tuition for full-time students by $50 per semester to help meet increased costs. Enrollment this year topped 6,500, a record.

The increase in county funds -- to $1,836,374 -- is the first sought by the college since 2002. There were no speakers at a public hearing that preceded the vote.

In other business, the Legislature:

* Accepted $27,181 in federal funds to provide employment training and placement for senior citizens through the Office for the Aging.

* Accepted $185,021 in state grants for a one-year continuation of the Youth Bureau's AmeriCorps community service program.

* Authorized the purchase for a used van for $5,500 to transport wheelchair patients at the county nursing home. Lakeside Beikirch Care Center in Brockport is selling the Ford van.

* Awarded a contract to the American Red Cross' Greater Rochester Chapter for preparing and delivering meals to clients in Genesee County. The Rochester service was the only bidder to replace Loose Ends Vending of Batavia, which no longer has kitchen services.

The annual cost is not to exceed $233,930, a $36,000 increase in the Office for the Aging food service contract. Depending on what's served in the home-delivered meals, costs per client range from $2.98 to $3.79.

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