Cavaletto Bill on Fire Safety Funds: Awaits Governor’s Signature

Representative Cavaletto announced that the Illinois Senate unanimously passed his legislation (House Bill 4616) that would allow a school board to use remaining funds on hand in the Fire Prevention and Safety Fund for required safety inspections.

 Since testing and surveying is not altering or reconstructing a building or permanent fixed equipment, it was determined, by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) legal interpretation, that those testing and surveying fees cannot be allowed through Fire Prevention and Safety Funds.

 Adding “required safety inspections” will allow school districts to use any excess Fire Prevention and Safety funds and lessen the financial burden of the required decennial inspections. “It is rewarding to see a common-sense idea that came from a local superintendent make its way through the legislative process and now awaits the final signature of the Governor,” commented Rep. Cavaletto.

“I was happy to champion this proposal which is supported by the Illinois School Management Alliance because it will give school districts some small relief and flexibility in paying for state required safety inspections.”

 Current Illinois law The School Code provides a School board the power to levy a tax or to borrow money and issue bonds for fire prevention, safety, energy conservation, disabled accessibility, school security, and specified repair purposes. Adding the three words “required safety inspections” will allow school districts to use any excess Fire Prevention and Safety funds and lessen the financial burden of these required decennial inspections.

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