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CSULB Resource Planning Process
Transmittal Memorandum Resource Planning Process for 2001-2002 Contact Us Explanatory Notes and Table of Contents Task Force Membership Resources and Requirements Forecast Budget Priorities General Conclusions, Recommendations and Guidelines Appendix

General Conclusions, Recommendations & Guidelines

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Midrange Goals
Planning in a No-Growth Era

Year-Round Operations
Enrollment Services—Application Processing
BATS Funding
Summary of Follow-Up Items for the RPP Task Force

Energy cost is one of the largest, single factors to have a lasting financial impact on our budget in a long time. Despite an aggressive and proactive energy conservation program on our campus (including the construction of a central plant), failed deregulation and dramatic rate increases have had a tremendous impact on the utility budget. While the shortage of electricity gets most of the attention in the news, natural gas shortages are also a long-term serious problem.

During 2000-01, our utility budget suffered increased costs in penalties and rate increases of nearly $2 million. While we no longer will be faced with penalties, substantial rate increases will continue. Preliminary estimates would suggest the shortfall for next year as high as $3 million.

The RPP Task Force recommends a $2 million base budget augmentation for 2001-02. The Task Force understands that if this allocation together with any augmentations from the State is not sufficient to cover the increased utility costs, it will necessitate a draw on the university's general reserves.

The RPP Task Force will continue to receive status reports during the forthcoming year.

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