Rauner’s Budget Proposal Causes Concern For Municipalities

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.