Local officials are doing the math to figure out how much might get taken out of their budget under Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget proposal. Rauner has proposed a $600 million cut in state funds for cities, towns and villages through a 50 percent reduction in the income tax revenue stream. That does not mean a cut in income tax paid by residents, but rather a cut in the amount paid to municipalities from the state income tax revenue.
Greenville City Manager Dave Willey told WGEL what the proposed cut would mean for the city:
In addition to the $350,000 cut from the City of Greenville’s budget, if Governor Rauner’s proposal is approved, the amount lost to Bond County would be over $378,000. Pocahontas would stand to lose over $38,000. Mulberry Grove would see a decrease of over $31,000. Keyesport would miss out on just under $21,000. Sorento would lose over $24,000.
Willey said city officials have been in contact with State Senator Kyle McCarter and Representative John Cavaletto to express their concerns, and he encouraged residents to do the same.