Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Cuts to Education Suddenly Larger than first Reported, Districts Scrambling…may Raise Property Taxes.

The only "certainty" right now is that the Walker administration will mess things up good, real good.

The very Republican legislature that bragged it would create a climate of “certainty” in our state, has suddenly created a lot of uncertainty. School districts that bragged they were saving money and lowering taxes after receiving Scott Walker’s anti-labor tools, are now short of cash and may raise taxes.

I guess Republicans got the needed headlines and mileage out of their folly to fill any number of misleading ads for the 2012 election.  The gory details:
SheboyganPress: The Sheboygan Area School District will be receiving less financial help from the state than it anticipated getting, leaving officials with two options to consider: Cut another $1.8 million out of the budget by Nov. 1 or raise taxes.

According to information released by the Department of Public Instruction on Friday, state aid to the district will be $64,489,885, which is almost $2 million less than the $66.3 million the state estimated in July. That's a 7.2 percent decrease from last year.

Other districts' decreases were even larger: 9.98 percent for Cedar Grove-Belgium, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, Howards Grove, Kohler, Oostburg, Plymouth, Random Lake and Sheboygan Falls. Statewide, 97 percent of school districts are receiving a decrease. Based upon the new numbers, it seems likely the district will have to increase the tax levy instead of decreasing it, as officials had hoped.

The “certainty” administration is certain to screw things up royally.  

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