Governor Easley calls for budget cuts

Robert Gaines
October 11, 2008

We have all been informed of the fiscal crisis that our country is experiencing at the present time. This crisis appears to be global in nature and has spread throughout the Asian and European markets as well. North Carolina is not immune from the difficulties our national economy is facing. Our governor, Mike Easley, has taken some actions to reduce state spending. These reductions are due to the fact that revenues are lower than earlier projections. Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) will also be required to implement some reductions. At the present time, General Administration is suggesting that we consider a 4% budget reduction for the current fiscal year. The Division of Business and Finance is in the process of revising our budgets to ensure our fiscal position. Programs will have limited funds available for the balance of the year. Therefore, I am requesting that you manage your budgets more prudently. We will not have additional state funds to supplement budgets. Additional directives will be forthcoming next week regarding our strategy and plan. Business and Finance will also monitor spending to ensure that we remain fiscally sound. Please watch for our Financial Symposium which is scheduled for October 30, 2008 in the New Student Center (Ridley Student Center), from 2 to 4 p.m. At that time, Business and Finance will introduce a number of fiscal processes which will allow ECSU to operate more efficiently within the allocated resources. We appreciate your assistance and cooperation. Robert G. Gaines, MBA,CPA Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City, NC 27909 Telephone (252) 335-3220 Fax(252) 335-3539