Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

November 14, 2012

Unit 30 nixes survey

Bill Grimes
Effingham Daily News

DIETERICH — Not all school districts in Effingham County plan on using public surveys to help solve their financial problems.

    The Unit 30 Board of Education decided Monday not to conduct a public survey to gather input on items that could be cut from the budget.

    But Superintendent Cary Jackson said that doesn’t mean the board won’t welcome public input.

    “We’re not closing the door on public input,” Jackson said. “The board just feels like a survey might not be the best way to gather information.”

    The neighboring Teutopolis Unit 50 school district did conduct a public survey in an effort to determine where an estimated $1 million budget deficit for next year can best be closed.

    Jackson said Unit 30 is operating with a budget deficit for the second consecutive year.

    Also Monday, the board set a truth-in-taxation hearing for 6:15 p.m. Dec. 10, immediately before the next regular board meeting. The hearing is needed because the school district plans to raise the district tax levy by 7.75 percent over last year. Jackson noted a higher levy does not necessarily correspond with a higher tax rate, but added that a school district must levy as much as its cumulative property value will allow, or risk losing increasingly spotty state aid.

    Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, or at bill.grimes@effinghamdailynews.com.