The Portland Community College Board of Directors voted to adopt the general fund budget of $146 million for the 2006-07 fiscal year.

To balance the budget, the board voted to raise tuition by $3 a credit to $67 for the 2006-07 school year. The increase in tuition is average among the state's 17 community colleges. The general fund is the primary operating fund for all major instructional programs, instructional support and services. The college receives its funding from three primary sources: State funds, student tuition and fees and local property taxes.

Before 1990, property taxes provided the largest share of the resources. With the passage of property tax limitation measures, the state's community colleges, including Portland Community College, now receive the largest portion of their operating revenue from the state appropriation.

The board also raised the student activity fee to $1.50 from $1.25 and the technology fee to $4.50 from $4. The board raised tuition for international students from $190 to $195.

For a complete look at this year's PCC budget, visit the Web site at:

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