CAHOKIA, Ill. (KMOX) - With the Cahokia school district facing a $5 million budget cut, one Metro East lawmaker says you can expect more of the same.
Glen Carbon State Rep. Dwight Kay, a Republican, said state funding just isn’t around but that’s nothing new. The problem is that most districts had “rainy day funds” in the past. Those no longer exist.
“What we’re looking at today are school districts who have no rainy day funds, no money in the bank, the property tax is flat, and the real fact is that nobody wants to increase taxes on property owners because the property owners and residents are going through tough times,” he said.
Kay said if Gov. Pat Quinn gets his way there will be $420 million less going to school districts on top of the $210 million districts didn’t receive last year. He said there is no doubt that residents will see more school districts follow Cahokia’s lead by cutting dozens of teachers and staff, eliminate sports and extracurricular activities, and increase class sizes.