Budget Cuts Restrict Green Space Glow-Up
The green space improvements on campus like adding trees and flowers are based on funding available in the university’s budget.
“With our budget being cut by the legislature — and we are anticipating more cuts this coming spring — our top priorities are the students and employees, and then differed maintenance issues around campus which is where green space will fit into this category,” Brent Winiger, vice president for administration and finance, said.
In trying to make improvements for academics and activities, it is uncertain as to when our green space will gain the beautification it needs.
“Program enhancements for academics and other extracurricular are a big priority, but beautification projects are still in there. The maintenance of green space is a priority that we can’t let get away from us,” Winiger said.
With the regular routine for green space maintenance, there are some projects that take a bit longer to get to due to being short-staffed.
“We have about eight fewer employees in our facilities department than we used to due to budget cuts, and the staff we have now stays pretty busy,” Winiger said. “The big issue right now is funding, but as far as trimmings of trees and bushes goes that’s always on the priority list.”