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State of Illinois owes Central Community Unit # 4 $300,837

by Tonya Evans

March 11, 2011

Dear Parents, Community Members, and Taxpayers,


As of  September 2, 2011,  the State of Illinois is behind in its payments for the past fiscal year which ended June 30 to Central CUSD # 4 a total of $300,837.  This is money that is owed to the school district for reimbursement for mandated expenses already incurred by the district.  This includes reimbursement for mandated items such as regular and special education transportation, special education costs, and funding for the pre-kindergarten grant.  For the fiscal year 2012, we are receiving projections that we will only receive two of the four mandated categorical payments within the actual fiscal year. All school districts will also lose the last general state aid payment for June of this year. Of the district's $11 million budget, 53.3 % is provided by local taxes and 46.6 % is dependent upon state and federal funding.  

Due to the bleak financial projections from the state coupled with the large concern as to what funds will be received and at what time they will be received by the district, we are forced to look at reductions within programs and staffing.  Just like any household or business has to do when revenues fall short, the expenses have to be reduced to make ends meet.   

We will continue to provide information on the state's progress in paying money that is required by law to be paid to the school district.  If you have any questions or if you would like additional information, please feel free to contact me.  Thank you for your support of our children and our schools.   

Illinois State Legislators

financial impact letter to GA - template (2).doc


Tonya Evans



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