- Associated Press - Saturday, December 13, 2014

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Southern Illinois University officials are putting together several different budgets to prepare for different state funding scenarios, school President Randy Dunn said.

“I think we’ll be doing a lot of different budgets as exercises throughout the course of this spring, and where it’s going to come down at the end, it’s anybody’s guess,” Dunn told the Southern Illinoisan (https://bit.ly/1A3XLfq ). The newspaper reported that includes budget plans that take into account funding cuts ranging from 5 to 20 percent.

If there are cuts, the school’s immediate goal will be to keep campuses operating without drastic disruptions, Dunn said. He said he is “fairly comfortable” that can be done.

SIU’s draft budget efforts come after Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner’s transition team asked state agencies, including universities, about how a rollback of the state’s temporary income tax would affect them.

Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf had said the request was part of the incoming Republican governor’s budget-preparation process. Schrimpf said the agencies were asked to “be prepared to talk about” budgets without the extra spending “as a starting point.”

In the event of cuts Dunn said he would prefer to use reserves or cash pools instead of making large cuts in individual programs. But potential state funding cuts aren’t causing administrators to worry just yet.

“I talked to the faculty senate this past week. I told them we’ve been to this rodeo before. We’ve been asked to do this numerous years,” Dunn said.

Dunn is SIU’s president, but he also has taken on the Carbondale campus’ chancellor duties since the unexpected death of interim chancellor Paul Sarvela last month.

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Information from: Southern Illinoisan, https://www.southernillinoisan.com

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