Rockford school district administrators say they've been talking about it for a couple weeks. But a resolution kicks off the official start of budget action for the 2013-2014 school year.
Think about budgets. Most times you picture the finished product. Stacks upon stacks of paper, pages upon pages of numbers.
When it comes to spending your tax dollars, it's not that simple.
"It's a long arduous process and of course there's a lot that goes into it," said district CFO, Cedric Lewis.
And it's just beginning. For the next year Rockford Public School administrators will crunch numbers, calculate costs and decide how much they'll need to keep the Rockford school district 205 machine running.
"I just wanted the operations committee to know that we are officially kicking off the development for fy14," said Lewis, addressing the Operations Committee.
Utilities, textbooks and teacher salaries. All things you can expect to see in a budget.
Then there are things you can't account for, like action taken in Springfield on pensions and federal healthcare reform.
These are players as well.
"A budget is a living, breathing document. It never ends. As new information surfaces, I have the responsibility of communicating to the board and of course to the administration and the general public exactly what that information means in terms of dollars and cents," explained Lewis.
According to him, the last time District 205 faced a deficit was in 2010. He anticipates the trend of a balanced budget to continue.