Illinois Education Funding Reform
8 months ago
Watch the below video to learn about the Evidence Based Funding Model.
Under the Previous System...
Illinois Funding being linked to Property taxes is the most regressive system and the antequated formula for "General State Aide" (or GSA) sets up an unfair system. In addition, this unfair system was not fully funded for the fiscal years 2011-2015 (5 years total) causing proration and exacerbating the issues. Here are the facts regarding Murphysboro CUSD 186
- The "foundation level" for funding is $6119 per child and this number has not changed since the 2009-2010 School year. So when the costs to educate students kept going up our revenue remained flat.
- This "foundation level" was not fully funded for 5 years with this last year (FY16) being the first time we got the full 2010 amount. This totaled a loss of 4.2 Million dollars from the state simply not paying us what we were owed.
- We continued to provide the best education we could eating into our fund balances and making reductions anywhere we could but this can only last for so long.
By Chris Grode
Jackson County Facility Sales Tax - Update
4 months ago
January 20, 2017
Dear Jackson County Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:
Thank you for the overwhelming support of the County Facility Sales Tax initiative. Now that the election is over and the votes have been canvassed and certified, we can move forward on our respective promises for the use of the Facility Sales Tax. In the coming months, each individual Board of Education will be discussing priorities as they pertain to the facility and maintenance needs of each district. Some districts will also have the opportunity to determine their ability to abate a portion of property taxes for previously sold bonds as a use of the sales tax revenue.
We want to take this opportunity to share with you the associated timeline as it relates to the implementation of the County Facility Sales Tax. As you can see, the sales tax goes into effect on July 1, 2017 and the first payment to each District is expected in early November 2017.
November 8, 2016
Canvass of Election is Due by County Clerk
November 29, 2016
Earliest Opportunity to Sell Bonds Secured by
Sales Tax Revenue
Thirty Days After Canvass
(December 29, 2016)
File with Illinois Department of Revenue to
No Later than
May 1, 2017
Sales Tax Goes into Effect
July 1, 2017
Regional Superintendent Begins to Receive Funds from State
Mid to Late October 2017
District Begins Receiving New Sales Tax Revenues
As a reminder, if it is not currently taxed, it will not be taxed. This specific sales tax does not tax items that many people think to be essential to families, and especially, senior citizens. Everything in the municipal and county sales tax base is included in the tax base except for the following:
· Cars, Trucks, ATVs, Boats, RVs, Mobile Homes
· Unprepared Foods
· Over-the-Counter Prescriptions and Vitamins
· Farm Equipment, Parts, and Farm Inputs
Also, the revenue from this sales tax can only be used to maintain and improve school facilities or to make payments on existing bond debt issued for capital needs. By law, the sales tax revenues cannot be used for:
· Salaries and Benefits
· Instructional Costs
· Textbooks and Computers
· Moveable equipment
· School Buses
· Operating Costs
We want all Jackson County voters to have accurate information about the implementation of the County Facility Sales Tax and how it will impact our schools and communities. Please feel free to contact your local Superintendent with any questions or concerns.
Again, we thank you for your assistance and support for the schools and most importantly the students of Jackson County.
Yours in Education,
The Jackson County Superintendents
Giant City #130
Dr. Lori James-Gross
Unity Point #140
By Chris Grode