The Coast Community College District trustees cut their own pay while asking district employees to do the same as part of an effort to tackle a $3-million budget deficit next fiscal year.
The five trustees unanimously voted Tuesday to cut their monthly stipends, starting in June, by 3% — from $1,059 to $1,027.23. The annual savings would be $1,978.20, according to the district.
"I think what we're trying to do here is to spread out the pain," said Trustee Lorraine Prinsky. "For years, we have had retirement incentives, departure incentives — just trying to cope with the budget cuts we have. [There] is a $3-million-plus deficit we're facing, and we don't want to lay anyone off."