During a four-hour Department Finance Committee budget hearing, the committee voted unanimously to decrease the Oregon Athletic Band’s budget by 13.5 percent.
This decrease is contingent on another campus source picking up the tab, essentially creating a reallocation, not a process where the Oregon Athletic Band funding would be cut completely.
The DFC voted to fund the OAB with a total of $124,282 — down from the $143,692 they receive from ASUO currently — which will be given to the organization in three lump sums over the 2013-2014 fiscal year. However, the budget that was passed by the DFC is not final. First it must be approved by the ASUO President and the University President.
“The ASUO is excited to work with OAB leadership to institutionalize their funding within the University budget. If we are unable to succeed in these efforts OAB will remain in the ASUO budget for the next fiscal year,” ASUO Executive representative Laura Hinman said.
In two weeks, if funding cannot be found from other sources like the Athletic Department or the administration then the OAB’s budget will be reexamined by the DFC.
The OAB has 14 days to repeal the decision if they choose.