Student senate meeting approves budget increases

By Susan Doucet
On October 31, 2011

The student senate largely focused on the approval of budgetary fee increases at its weekly meeting Sunday night. All of the fee increases that were proposed at the meeting were approved by the senate.

The fee increases that were proposed were for the Memorial Union Building fee, the transportation fee and the technology fee.

While some students argued that increases seemed a contradictory action to take because of the state of the current economy, it was stated that all of the proposed increases were only for what is absolutely necessary for those departments.

Both the MUB and transportation fees were approved for three percent increases, while the technology fee received a four percent increase.

The technology fee for students is currently $170 for the 2011-2012 academic year, as listed on the UNH Business Services website. The four percent increase would raise the price to $177 for the 2013 fiscal year.

Terri Winters, the director of academic technology for the IT Department, along with other academic technology staff, responded to student questions at the meeting. They said that without the four percent increase they would not be able to meet guidelines established by administration, and would likely have to cut labor which would affect the availability of services offered to students.

A.J. Coukos, the student body president, objected to the additional one percent increase the technology fee would be raised compared to the percentages of the other increases. He said he did not see a compelling reason for the four percent increase in this fiscal environment.

"I cannot stand with a clear conscience to support this," Coukos said. The technology fee increase passed with one nay, from Coukos.

The other two proposed increases, the Memorial Union Building fee and transportation fee, passed unanimously with no objections. The Memorial Union Building fee was approved to increase from $337 to $347 and the transportation fee to increase from $106 to $109.

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