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year student Robert Swindle. " Where is all the money going?"
     "Most of the kids here can barely afford to pay for school as it is. With all these increases, kids are gonna have to start leaving school," Justin Dillman said.
     However, unlike the per-unit-fee increase from $11 to $18, the parking fee increase really has nothing to do with the state's dismal fiscal situation. State funding for California's 108 community colleges only allows for student-learning related programs and not for parking, said Vice President of Student Services Dr. Willard Lewallen.
     State education code 76360, along with regulating parking fees, also defines what the parking budget can be used for. According to the code, parking services included "the purchase, construction and operation and maintenance of parking facilities." It is left to the discretion of individual colleges to include security as a park

ing service, and this is done at VVC. Therefore, the parking budget, which is derived from parking permits, meters and citations, covers expenses for campus security -- lighting and campus police -- and the upkeep of parking lots.
     "We never have the money for all the repairs that need doing. We try to cycle through these costs. Fixing one parking lot can cost as much as $50,000," said Lewallen. "We don't want to go into the general fund for improvements." However, this has been done in the past, he said.
     Director of Maintenance and Operations Steve Garcia said that the main problem is that "we do not have a set yearly amount to work with for parking repairs." Garcia said if his department had a set amount to use each year, maintenance could occur regularly and thus prevent parking lots from falling into serious disrepair and costing big money to bring up to acceptable condition. Garcia

said performing regular maintenance on four parking lots a year would keep them in good condition.
     "There hasn't been money set aside because we haven't had it," said Lewallen. "The goal is to create revenue for parking. We have no plans for increasing campus police."     
      Garcia said currently needed repairs could amount to over half a million. In Spring 2003, upgrading of parking lots 5, 7, 8 and 23 was done with college district funds and then Maintenance and Operations completed three other projects with their own funds
     Lewallen said that even though the college wants to raise enough revenue through the fee increases, officials will have to see how much revenue will be generated by the increases. He said some people may opt to pay for daily parking tickets instead of the semester fee. Also, he said, part of the parking budget is received from parking citations and that varies.