I hear this all the time from school board members. Yes, times are tight and I can honestly say I can never remember a time when times weren't tight in public education.
Scarce financial resources can provide opportunity for innovation. Rather than grousing about the lack of money, look for the possibilities. This article, The Number One Key to Innovation, from the Harvard Business Review, talks about scarcity, and the fact that among all of the innovation methodologies researchers have identified, scarcity is the only common denominator.
We in public education need to cultivate a culture that embraces scarcity and turns it on its head. We are not going to get more money, therefore we have to innovate.