Imperial Valley College has lost nearly $1 million in deferred maintenance and instructional funds as a result of Gov. Gray Davis' budget vetoes that sliced $98 million from the California Community College System.
A press release from IVC states the cuts were unexpected.
"It was a blindside because no one ever saw it," said IVC President Gilbert Dominguez.
He said the college had been receiving about the same amount of money for 10 years for maintenance and instructional upgrades.
"If they would have said, ‘We're taking the money away,' then we would have found a way to get the money somewhere else, but they never said that," said Dominguez.
The press release states with the cuts, the state's community colleges received state funding increases of only 3.2 percent, compared to nearly 6 percent for kindergarten through high school districts and about 5.7 percent for both the California State University and University of California systems.