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|Monmouth-Roseville Financial Situation Described as "Drastic" -- FULL INFORMATION AVAILABLE HERE
|The Superintendent of the Monmouth-Roseville School District says the way he sees it, the district's finances have been troubled since the district was formed, and Illinois lawmakers are doing it absolutely no favors.
Paul Woehlke made a financial presentation to a "Committee of the Whole" meeting of the District-238 School Board Tuesday night. He says he learned recently that the prominent rumor was instead of continuous 2.5% increases in education spending at the state level, the state's budget woes will result in a possible 9% cut in funding. This, on top of the fact that the District has a six-figure budget deficit that required the filing of a deficit reduction plan.
Woehlke says there are a number of options the district COULD do -- close a school, cut salaries, cut district programs, cut some athletics and extra-curricular activities, or raise property taxes.
But Woehlke says property tax increases won't do it.
"A referendum is very uncertain as to whether it would pass," Woehlke said. "But more to the point, the size of what that increase would have to be is astronomical. I don't think that it would be realistic to assume that any of these would pass as a percentage of tax increase for local property tax."
Woehlke says he isn't yet sold on any of those or other options -- so he's forming a budget deficit reduction committee that he says will meet a lot in January, ahead of any school board decision on cuts that will need to be made by February or March.
He also wants the public to comment to the district, through the district's website, which you can find by CLICKING HERE.
(Monmouth-Roseville Superintendent Paul Woehlke, right, makes a presentation on the district's finances Tuesday night at Monmouth-Roseville Junior High School in Roseville. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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