Cuts Could Bleed Decatur For $1 - $3 Million

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Decatur - Governor Rauner dropped a bomb on the budgets of local governments throughout the state.  He's proposing cutting $600 million in state funds that go to cities, towns and villages.

“It's going to cost the city, we believe, between a million and three and a half million dollars,” Decatur Mayor Mike McElroy told WAND's Doug Wolfe.  “I think we've had plenty of discussions about it in the past 24, 48 hours.”

“While the state tightens its belt so to must local governments,” Rauner told lawmakers Wednesday.

Local governments only receive about 8 cents on every dollar collected in state income tax.  The Rauner proposal could cut that amount nearly in half leaving cities to change their spending priorities.

“I think we as a council look at every option we have for the best for Decatur and its citizens.  And we will continue to do that with this also,” McElroy said.

The legislature is expected to try and pass a budget before the end of May.  The new fiscal year for the state starts July 1, 2015.

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