Alabama Education Trust Fund falls 12.6 percent

Montgomery, Ala. (WSFA) -- A state finance report shows tax collections for the Alabama Education Trust fund fell 12.6% October through December.

If trends don't change, it could force Gov. Bob Riley to increase proration - cuts in budgeted trust-fund spending.

Elmore County Superintendent Dr. Jeff Langham says,  "we are still reeling from the last round of cuts."

Dr. Langham continued, " in our local school systems, there's not a lot of excess to cut, the last thing we want to tamper with are successful programs, and certainly do not want to even consider the prospect of layoffs."

The trust fund is the largest source of state tax dollars for public schools and colleges.