THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS of Elmhurst…
strongly urges School District 205 to produce an annotated version of its 2009 2010 tentative budget for immediate public review. It is imperative that the public has complete budget information with sufficient time to thoroughly analyze and understand the details before the Board of Education final budget vote on September 22, 2009. Specifically, we urge the District to supply:
An introductory narrative detailing how the budget was created including all the priorities that were set, assumptions that were made. The District needs to explain where revenue shortfalls and spending increases are anticipated, and what, if any, other factors were considered.
Item by item comparisons with projected and actual revenue and spending figures from the previous year and the percentage of change wherever it occurs.
Succinct explanations for every change from the previous year.
Full explanations for the substantial administration staffing increases budgeted for the coming year, including the exact nature of each position to be added, salaries, and the specific reasons for doing so.