Madison County steps in to close gap left by lack of state school funding
Madison County will speed up September property tax distributions to avert funding issues in local school districts, County Treasurer Chris Slusser said in a recent press release.
The money, originally scheduled to be dispersed on Sept. 20, will now be divided and paid on Sept. 12 and 26.
The change was made after a plea from two officials with the Bethalto School District 8. Superintendent Jill Griffin and Business Manager Barrett Diest told Slusser that the state's funding issues would make it difficult to make payroll next month. State-aid payments have been delayed while the Legislature battles over a funding bill. The district was to receive state-aid payments of $407,430.91 on Aug. 10 and 20.
“The Legislature can’t seem to get its act together, and unfortunately, we can’t control what they’re planning to do or when they’re planning to do it,” Slusser said in the news release. “In the meantime, schools are held hostage and some are in jeopardy of closing their doors. What we can control is when we distribute our local tax dollars that we’ve collected, so this was an easy decision for me.“