Volume 95, Issue 55

Thursday, January 10, 2002
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SSSC still suffering budget blues

By Erin Conway-Smith
Gazette Staff

Next year's Social Science Students' Council could be short over $5,000 if funds cannot be found to cover the current debt.

Losses from Orientation week overspending currently stand at $10,494, according to a budget presented by VP-finance Owais Rafiq at last night's SSSC council meeting.

The overspending results in a debt of $5,152 for the SSSC.

"Right now, if we don't get help from outside sources, we will be carrying on debt to next year's council," Rafiq said.

The budget was initially presented to council by Rafiq as a "fiscal forecast." Upon a motion from Rafiq, council unanimously decided to pass the "fiscal forecast" as the SSSC constitutional budget.

SSSC councillor Eric Fortin said he voted to pass the budget, which he referred to as an incomplete "pseudo-budget," because faculty councils cannot apply for USC funding unless they have passed a constitutional budget.

It is likely the SSSC can recover some of the current debt, depending on how hard council and the executive work to generate revenue, said Rob Irvine, University Students' Council VP-finance.

The SSSC could potentially receive a grant from the USC, based on a proposal Irvine said he expects to receive soon.

At the request of Rafiq, Irvine said he has recently been providing the SSSC with financial guidance, adding he has yet to receive a copy of Rafiq's budget but expects to see it in the next few weeks.

"It will be hard to run a balanced budget, given the circumstances," he said.

In order to allow for SSSC programming, honorariums for council members have been eliminated, Rafiq said.

"We will hopefully reinstate them as the year goes on, if additional revenue comes in," he said.

The SSSC has not yet paid a bill of $6,148 owed to the Western IMAX theatre, but has arranged a tentative contract of good faith.

Rafiq has arranged to pay off the debt of $1,264 to Murphy's Bus Lines in two separate installments, with one half paid now and the rest in March.

Presently, the SSSC has a total of $2,541 held in two accounts.

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