Erie County legislators were told on Monday ECC has to have more money to keep it an effective college.
Student tuition now provides around 52 percent of the proposed $111 million budget, which includes a $300 annual tuition increase. The county's share holds steady just over $17 million and 44 vacant positions are being abolished.
College President Jack Quinn says cuts in state aid and frozen county dollars made the fiscal situation worse. The budget has to go to legislators for a vote.
Dozens of college union members showed up to say the county has to do better.