Optional fee placed on ballot

AROUND CAMPUS:

In an effort to narrow a funding gap brought on by a budget shortfall, the ASG Student Senate proposed adding an optional $1 fee.

The proposal will be on the ballot for the election on March 29 and 30.

The money would be used for expenses of students who travel to speak on behalf of Santa Ana College at conferences statewide.

If the agenda at the conference affects tuition, including AB 540 students, then the $1 student representation fee could be used, ASG Vice President Steven Mendoza said.

“If it’s going to help out the school, I might as well,” said second year student Erika Lozano.

Last year, ASG sent three representatives to the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, which is the governing body for all community colleges in California. Ideally, the student senate would like to send up to eight representatives, Mendoza said.

“SSCCC means a voice in voting for rules and regulations that would affect SAC students and also the ability to propose changes in rules or regulations,” Mendoza said.

With students paying the optional $1 extra fee at registration, ASG could collect $28,000 a semester.

Ballot dropping into an upside down California state Congressional building dome.

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