Plainfield School Board approves big budget
By FranK Vaisvilas Correspondent September 23, 2013 9:32PM
Updated: October 26, 2013 6:17AM
PLAINFIELD — The Plainfield School District 202 Board on Monday night unanimously approved the district’s 2013-14 budget, which includes operating revenue of $242.9 million, up about $7.4 million over last school year.
Assistant Supt. Angie Smith said the extra revenue results, in part, from an expected increase in state aid, which accounts for about 25 percent of the district’s operating income. An increase in property tax revenue also is expected, Smith said.
The 2013-14 budget foresees a deficit of about $1 million, with total revenue of $277 million and $278 million in expenses.
During the public hearing on the proposed budget, resident Jeff McCutcheon questioned why the district was collecting about $3 million more in property tax revenue than it did last school year when property values are decreasing.
“It’s kind of a double-edged sword for taxpayers,” McCutcheon said.
Smith said that when a school district’s total property value decreases, the state allows it to increase its tax rate.
McCutcheon questioned why District 202 cannot hold the line on its tax levy, the amount it intends to raise via the property tax, when other taxing bodies have done so.
Board president Roger Bonuchi said that was “comparing apples to oranges,” adding that the school board and administration have made more than $40 million in cuts during the past few years.