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Schools again receiving less money from Springfield

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WEST FRANKFORT -- It turns out the Illinois school funding drama at the capitol may not have solved all the state's classroom money problems after all.

Schools across Illinois once again find themselves short on cash, and school leaders blame Springfield.

The Illinois Department of Revenue claims revenue is down and they accidentally "overpaid" schools and local governments from a certain fund called the Corporate Personal Property Replacement Tax. To make up for it, schools won't be getting as much money this year. 

This year West Frankfort schools will receive $76,000 fewer because there isn't as much money in the CPPRT. Superintendent Matt Donkin says the money in that fund was intended to make up for lost property tax back in the 1970s, but since the recent budget crisis, its been paying for other things like state reimbursement for county official salaries. 

"As the state was looking through the couch cushions for change, this was one of those funds where, 'hey, there is money there!'," said Donkin. 

Donkin says last year they received approximately $340,000 from the CPPRT. But this year, estimates show they'll only get $264,000. 

"It's like going with two fuel tanks when you take off in a plane and discover one of them didn't have near as much fuel in it," said Donkin. 

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