The following comment from Cary School Board President Scott Coffey is too insightful not to share further than the comment section of McHenry County Blog:
County Board Has No Control Over Spending by Any Other Tax District
Cary Grade School District 26 Operating Funds in FY16 spent 26% less than in FY10
Since the County has no control over spending by the school district or any other taxing body on someone’s tax bill, shouldn’t the first question to Mr. Franks be:
How does he specifically plan to cut the County’s Operating Expenses by 10% in order to deliver a 10% property tax promise to the residents?
If plans to implement Operating Expense cuts don’t precede a decision on a 10% Levy cut, Mr. Franks is setting up the County for fiscal disaster by creating a large, structural operating deficit.
With a total levy of $76.3 million, Mr. Franks needs to find $7.6 million in savings to realize his Cut 10 goal.
Having gone through the process myself with the D-26 turnaround process starting in 2010, I know that it has to come from dozens of different areas.
Somewhere I have a list of almost a hundred items that we evaluated/implemented in order to drive down costs, because there is no single lever to pull which drives you to a cost reduction target of that magnitude.
But it can be done.
D-26 Operating Funds in FY16 spent 26% less than in FY10.
To Cut 10, it requires a plan to get there and the will power to implement the plan.
So, first things first:
Where’s the Plan?
= = = = =
Of course, the current Republican County Board could increase the $76.3 million tax levy.
That would mean that Franks would have to cut more than $7.6 million to achieve his shrinking campaign promise.
And the easy cut has already been made–the $3 million that Jack Franks opponent Mike Walkup took the initiative to zero out.
If the County Board puts in the $2.75 million that appeared at the Finance Committee, that would give Franks an easy target for about a third of what he says he wants to cut.
Recently appointed County Board member Chris Christensen (replacing Nick Provenzano), has just resigned from the Cary Grade School Board.