Nick Jean and Kathleen Jolly
Humber Students’ Federation (HSF) budgeted $100,000 for this year’s election, more than three other area colleges surveyed by Et Cetera.
The $100,000 budget is up more than 40 per cent from the $70,000 budget for 2013.
The general budget approved for next year at last month’s annual general meeting, reduced the election budget to $90,000.
These values are budgeted numbers and do not necessarily represent actual spending.
Frank Rizzi, HSF finance and operations officer, said this year’s actual expenses totaled near $70,000 but a final number hasn’t been determined.
HSF’s annual elections are held to select eight executives and directors on three campuses (North, Lakeshore and Orangeville) representing 27,000 full-time students.
That $100,000 value equates to a per student budget of $3.70 for this year’s election.
What we try to do with a lot of the election budget is cover as much of the costs, so that the student that’s running is not spending their own money
Frank Rizzi, HSF Finance and operations
At Toronto’s Seneca College, Seneca Student Federation (SSF) budgeted $12,000 to hold elections this year, SSF member services and communications manager Roel Isufllari said.
That money was budgeted to fill 17 positions representing 25,000 full-time students on four campuses. SSF’s per student budget comes out to 48 cents.
Avez Hasham, finance coordinator at The Student Association (SA) of George Brown College, said the Association ran this year’s election on a budget of $6,000.
SA elections fill 22 positions to represent 25,000 full-time students on four campuses. This results in an election budget of 24 cents per student.
Mohawk Students’ Association (MSA) represents Hamilton’s Mohawk College’s 17,000 full-time students on three campuses.
VP Finance Maxwell Brown said MSA’s 2014 election budget was $6,500 or 38 cents per student.
Some Humber students are concerned about the difference between HSF’s budget and those at other colleges.
“You can put all that money into so many different things,” Humber business-management student Jordan Ross, 20, said.
“For that much money you could throw a huge concert and get elections known that way. A lot of people don’t even know the elections are happening.”
Brown said MSA’s budget does not include the salary of its chief returning officer or other paid election staff.
Rizzi said salaries aren’t included in HSF’s budget, either.
“What we try to do with a lot of the election budget,” Rizzi said, “is cover as much of the costs so that the student that’s running is not spending their own money.”