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Fiscal Funding Alert for MTU 9

1/13/2020 2:34:00 PM

I am sending this message to you based on my understanding of MTU 9’s fiscal status as of this moment, and my outlook through the end of June.

It has come to our attention, through ILETSB, that they are not receiving their funding from the Illinois Traffic & Criminal Conviction Surcharge Fund (TACCSF).  The TACCSF is the sole source of funding for ILETSB Training operations in Illinois (Including All Academies, and MTU’s).

In 2018, the Illinois Legislature passed HB4594 (“Fee Reform Act”) that became effective July 1, 2019, which authorized a path for the Judiciary to waive fee assessments on traffic and criminal convictions.  It appears the fee waivers are being granted in a robust manner.  The fee collections for the TACCSF had already been trending down by several million dollars the past year or two.  However, since the fee reform act took effect on July 1, 2019, the TACCSF monies to ILETSB are down 1.2M for the first half of our current fiscal year (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020).  Basic Training Academies are owed an extraordinary amount of direct reimbursement monies from past academy sessions.  This trend is suggesting that the future funding for MTU’s is in question based on the extrapolated accounting estimates at this moment.  The Fee Assessment Bill (HB4594) sunsets on December 31, 2020.  Without new legislation that succeeds HB4594, there is no further funding plan for ILETSB. 

The ILETSB Manager of Training has requested all MTU’s across the state to provide a cost-cutting report to ILETSB for the remaining half of FY20 (through June 30, 2020).  Consequently, MTU 9 will be attentively cancelling all of its courses after January 31, 2020 through June 30, 2020. We will also be taking a very frugal fiscal planning approach for the remainder of this fiscal year with several office operational cuts.   By March, we will know if we are going to receive our 3rd quarter funding.  If we receive our 3rd quarter funding, we will attempt to reschedule the courses that are mandated training requirements. It is too far out to anticipate if, or when 4th quarter funding may come.  We will also keep you informed as to the progress of ILETSB releasing funds, and of future cuts that we may have to endure.

In the meantime, the primary method for your personnel to keep up with some of their Mandated Training requirements is to access the MTU 9 Online Monthly “Law Training Case of the Month”, by Don Hays, or through the Executive Institute online training.  

We are going to need legislative assistance to correct this problem.  After more information is gathered by the training board, ILETSB may likely ask the Chiefs/Sheriffs to reach out and educate local government officials and legislators about where the training dollars come from.  Any assistance you can offer would be helpful.

     


 

 

 

 


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