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Monday, April 30, 2007

Dealing with school funding shortfalls

The Janesville Gazette likes this idea:

The "50-25-25" plan would put most of the burden on the local district. The district would cover 50 percent of the budget shortfall with cuts or alternative revenues, such as those from naming rights or advertising. Another twenty-five percent could be raised through property taxes, which Cullen estimates would cost the average homeowner an extra dollar a month.
Now, I haven't seen or read or heard any other details about this plan, other than what's here. So that's a caveat.

But. If something like this went into law, school districts could simply inflate their budgets, use the "crisis" to tap the "25-25" property tax-state money portion of the plan, then make "cuts" from spending they didn't need anyway.