SGA agrees to raise activity fee budgets

Published by adviser, Author: Haley Barnes - News Editor, Date: February 5, 2015
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The Slippery Rock Student Government Association voted on three options and passed the motion to increase base student activity fee budgets for student clubs and organizations on Tuesday evening.

Option one was have a five percent increase for all clubs and organizations that are eligible for funding, option two was a seven percent increase for all clubs and organizations that are eligible for funding, and option three was a tiered increase based off of the club or organization’s current budget. Tier one was a 10 percent increase for clubs and organizations whose budgets are under $1,000, tier two was a seven percent increase for clubs and organizations whose budgets are over $1,000, but under $2,500, and tier three was a five percent increase for clubs and organizations whose budgets are over $2,500.

SGA Vice President of Finance Baylee Childress expressed her preference of option three over the other two.

“I think that since there hasn’t been increases in the past few years, that it’s only fair that we kind of give the upper hand to some of the clubs that haven’t been able to increase their budget and have been around and worked really hard,” Childress said. “It might not seem like a huge increase or huge difference, but it does really make a difference, you know, even an extra 10 bucks for some of these smaller clubs and it doesn’t make as much as a difference for the organizations that already have huge budgets and they are still getting an increase anyway, some groups like UPB and other groups like these that have these huge budgets kind of have already budgeted throughout the year, so it’s not as important that they get a giant increase. So they’ll still get money increase, but I think I am just really in favor in helping out some of these smaller organizations.”

The group unanimously voted on option three.

SGA also voted on and passed the motion to recognize the Pre-Physician Assistant Club as a club.

“They had to wait a really long time to get approved, so I commend them for being so patient,” Childress said.

North Hall Senator, Logan Steigerwalt was sworn in as Speaker of the Senate. Emily Murasso was switched from Building A to Rhoades Hall Senator, Sophia Sarver from Building F to Building A Senator, and Jaclynn Choma from Rhoades Hall to North Hall Senator.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:28 p.m. The next SGA meeting will take place on Feb. 16 in at 8:45 pm in the theater of the Robert M. Smith Student Center.

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