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Falls City ISD proposes tax-rate cut
FALLS CITY -- Per their unanimous vote during a special Aug. 1 board meeting, trustees for the Falls City Independent School District (ISD) have set Aug. 29 as the date upon which they will adopt the budget and tax rate for the 2012-13 school year. The votes will follow public hearings on both matters.
The proposed budget, Superintendent Linda Bettin said, includes a 36.48-percent increase in total expenditures. Included in the increase are allowances for pay raises, land acquisition, and technology upgrades, which are all thanks to increased property values.
The Falls City ISD straddles the border between Karnes and Wilson counties. Preliminary data from the Karnes County Appraisal District indicates that the total appraised value of property in that county’s portion of the district is $456,780,887. This is an increase of almost 82 percent over last year’s value of $251,325,917.
Of that increase, more than $220 million is attributed to new property values. This compares to slightly above $1 million in new value during the previous tax year. Bettin said part of the increase is because mineral values -- such as oil and natural gas being explored in the Eagle Ford shale formation -- now are included in those figures.
Preliminary figures indicate that state and local revenue will total $5,070,801, Bettin said.
The budget will be supported by a proposed property-tax rate of $1.1133 per $100 of assessed property value. The rate includes $1.04 for maintenance and operations and 7.33 cents for debt service, Bettin said. While the maintenance and operations portion of the rate remains intact, the debt service side has dropped more than 25 percent from last year’s rate of 9.78 cents.
According to the Karnes County Appraisal District, the average taxable value of a home in the Karnes County portion of the district is $40,659, which is an increase of $1,692 over last year’s $38,967. Therefore, if the proposed $1.1133 rate is adopted, property owners would pay an average of $452.66 to support the Falls City ISD for the 2013 tax year -- an increase of $9.29, or slightly less than 2.1 percent -- over the 2012 tax year’s average of $443.37.
Also during the meeting, the board convened in closed session to discuss the purchase of a baseball field from the city of Falls City. When they reconvened in open session, the board voted unanimously to begin negotiations.
Falls City Independent School District (ISD)
Aug. 1 special meeting
In attendance: Falls City ISD board members Mindy Jendrusch, Jerry Jendrusch, Raymond Dziuk, Stephen Dziuk, Alfie Kowalik, and Patrick Jarzombek; Superintendent Linda Bettin and Superintendent’s Secretary Terri Crawford.
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