Kansas Delays June Aid Payment to Schools Until July 7
staff - July 2, 2016 6:20 am
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas will be paying schools a week late after withholding the final payment of fiscal year 2016 to keep its budget out of the red.
The Wichita Eagle reports school districts will receive a total of nearly $260 million in state aid July 7 and mark it as a June 30 payment.
The state has withheld similar payments over the past decade and was planning to do so again this year. But deputy education commissioner Dale Dennis says the amount was $75 million higher than it would have been without the current shortfalls.
The state was expected to miss June revenue estimates by more than $30 million, on top of an existing $45 million budget gap.
The Kansas Department of Revenue was releasing official numbers later Friday.