I. Policy Title: Budget Management
II. Who Does This Policy Affect
All HFC faculty, staff, students, vendors/contractors and visitors to our campus
The purpose of this policy is to combine all of the College’s budget policies in one policy and to comply with Section 209 in P.A. 108 of 2017, the education omnibus budget bill, which requires community colleges to publish a transparency web page with specific information.
IV. Policy Statement
The budget is the primary instrument of fiscal control and, accordingly, contains all projected revenues and expenditures of the administrative and academic programs of the College.
The budget expresses, in terms of dollars, the funded programs and plans of the College for the fiscal year and the estimated revenue income necessary to finance these programs and plans. Henry Ford College receives support from student tuition and fees, state appropriation revenues, local property revenues, personal property tax revenue, private gifts, grants, and other miscellaneous sources.
By the direction of the Board of Trustees, the President is charged to manage the fiscal affairs of the College. As part of this charge barring unanticipated or exceptional circumstances, the President is expected to complete the fiscal year with a positive operating balance.
At any time, when it appears that revenue will not equal expenditures, the President as soon as possible shall so inform the Board of Trustees and recommend appropriate steps for their consideration by which a positive operating balance may be maintained.
The Board of Trustees shall have prepared annually, through current administrative procedures, an estimate of the amount of revenues deemed necessary for the ensuing fiscal year for the purposes of expenditures authorized by law as within the powers of the Board of Trustees. The prepared budget shall include a General Fund, expense fund and/or any other funds as are deemed necessary by the Board of Trustees.
At the Board of Trustees’ scheduled monthly meetings, the President/Designee will provide the Board of Trustees with the fiscal year status as compared to the budget as well as a comparison for the same period to the prior year.
At mid-year, the President/Designee will present a review of the College’s budget to the Board of Trustees. At that time, if any adjustments need to be made to the budget, those adjustments will be sent to the Board of Trustees for approval.
The Board of Trustees must approve increases or decreases in the total amount of the budget.
Annual budgets adopted by the Board of Trustees represent the Board's position on the allocation of resources required to operate the College. All reasonable means shall be employed by the Board of Trustees to present and explain budgets to all interested parties at least on a bi-annual basis. The public budget hearings will be conducted in accordance with all laws and regulations.
Each member of the Board of Trustees and each College officer shall be sufficiently acquainted with the budgets and their underlying purposes to answer questions from members of the public.
The budgets approved by this Board of Trustees will be made available on the College’s transparency website in the form and places required by law. A summary form of the budget may also be prepared and may be sent to appropriate parties and distributed to each person attending the annual budget hearing.
A summary budget may include the expenditure in each major category of current expense for the current year and the coming year and a summary of anticipated revenues as well as a brief explanation of significant increases and decreases from the preceding budget.
The final adoption of the proposed annual budgets will be made by the Board of Trustees after completion of a public hearing. Within 30 days after the Board of Trustee's adoption of the annual operating budget for the following fiscal year, or after the Board of Trustees adopts a subsequent revision to that budget, the College will then post, on the College’s website homepage, the Board of Trustee’s adopted annual operating budget and subsequent budget revisions.
The College's unrestricted reserves for the General Fund will aim to be maintained at a 12-15% level in order to stabilize future budgets should economic conditions dictate the use of reserves. The overall unrestricted reserves (including auxiliary funds, designated funds and plant) for the College will aim to be maintained at 20-25% reserve level. Should the College budget require the usage of unrestricted reserves and the usage of those reserves cause the balance to fall below the above noted levels, a formalized plan must be presented to the Board of Trustees that identifies how reserves will be increased to conform with the above defined unrestricted reserve levels.
VI. Responsible Party for Policy Interpretation/Review
Vice President of Financial Services
VII. Related Documents
VIII. Policy History:
a. Adopted by Board: February 20, 1995
b. Previous Policy Section(s): Finances; Previous Policy No(s): 2150, 2350, 2370 and 2400
October 17, 2022 - approved by Board; placed in new policy format and made additional language changes
April 16, 2018
This policy supersedes and replaces any and all policies related to this subject.