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Board to vote on tentative budget in Rock Falls

ROCK FALLS – While it's more manageable than the past 2 years, the Rock Falls High School Board must again deal with a budget deficit.

The budget includes the education, building, transportation and working cash funds.

The board must find a way to cut $553,000 this year, whereas the deficit was $893,000 last year and $1.2 million 2 years ago.

The board will vote on the tentative budget tonight.

Superintendent Ron McCord said the deficit is because of lack of funding from the state, which makes it a difficult time to balance a budget.

"The state is prorating everyone's general state aid," McCord said. "We are not receiving the resources we need from the state to manage and pay for the costs of running the school. Each time we make a cut, we find another place where revenue has decreased."

If the board approves the tentative budget, it will be on display for 30 days in the school district's office. Afterward, the board will have a public hearing before voting on the budget for a final time.

"Our timeline is no different than the other school district's timeline," McCord said.

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