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Higher ed budgets on tight deadline

BISMARCK -- North Dakota's public colleges and universities are working under a time crunch to complete budgetary and building project requests for the 2017 legislative session.

BISMARCK -- North Dakota's public colleges and universities are working under a time crunch to complete budgetary and building project requests for the 2017 legislative session.

Universities are working on both the annual budget and the 2017-19 biennium budget request, North Dakota University System Chief Financial Officer Tammy Dolan said at a Budget and Finance Committee meeting Wednesday.

The biennium budget must go through the State Board of Higher Education and governor's office before going before the state Legislature.

"It's a lot going on in the next few weeks," Dolan said.

University presidents will give presentations to the SBHE at a meeting Tuesday seeking funding for capital projects. Dolan said those presentations will be limited to about 10 minutes and only two "essential" projects will be considered, per guidelines from Gov. Jack Dalrymple's office.

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The full board will then consider those requests along with finalized operating budget requests at a June 17 meeting. Dolan said the board has the option to schedule a second meeting later in June if more time is necessary, but a final recommendation needs to be approved by late June.

"Because it's a really tight timeframe, we'll do our best," she said.

Universities are being asked to submit budget requests that, aside from one-time funding and capital projects, are 10 percent less than 2015-17 budgets.

The North Dakota Office of Management and Budget gave the NDUS an extension, Dolan said, to Aug. 31 to submit the higher education budget request to the state.

Universities must also submit budgets for fiscal year 2017 to the NDUS office by June 10.

A $1.2 million water and sewer line replacement on a portion of Administration Avenue at North Dakota State University was also approved by the committee, as was naming the A. Glenn Hill Center there.

NDSU also received approval to build a seed-cleaning facility at the Carrington REC in Carrington, N.D., for $2.3 million.

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