Attending were various district administrators, board members John Ryan, who chaired the meeting, and Board President Joe Stevens, plus members of the public.
There were a lot of empty chairs.
OK, I know I’m being naughty, and I’ve got a weird sense of humor.
But, there it was right in front of me—Crates’ face playing the role of screen. I couldn’t help myself when the word “Taxes” appeared on her cheek.
Crates explained that in the last seven years the state’s share of the district’s operating budget has decrease from 29% to 16%. You can see the details on the screen, if you click to enlarge the picture.
She pointed out that as property value goes up, state aid goes down.
She then attacked the state aid formula, pointing out something I had not realized:
District 300 is a mid-range district.
To me, that means radical change would leave District 300 pretty much unaffected.
At some point, appropriate here, State Rep. Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) interjected that some of the Downstate school districts have local tax rates of $1.15 per hundred.
His point was that, even if they were considered “poor,” their local taxpayers were not making an adequate effort.
State Rep. Ruth Munson (R-Elgin) pointed out she and State Senator Pam Althoff (R-McHenry) has worked on getting the fast growth money.
“We’re looking at ways to get current year funding for special education.”