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Trustees approve $8.96 million budget




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STOCKDALE -- With a proposed budget set at $8.96 million by the Stockdale Independent School District (ISD) board of trustees, taxpayers were invited to give input on the fiscal year 2013-14 budget, during a special meeting held June 27. Taxpayers in the district might receive a break after two years of tax-rate increases, with the proposal to maintain the current rate of $1.34 per $100 of valuation.

According to a public notice posted in the June 12 Wilson County News, the rate being proposed at this time is the maximum the board can consider.

According to the June 27 public hearing and adoption booklet, “the maintenance and operations tax rate of $1.04 is the maximum tax rate allowed without an election, by the laws established by the Texas Legislature.” The debt service tax is listed at 30 cents.

According to Stockdale ISD Superintendent Paul Darilek after the meeting, the board approved the budget as presented. The adoption occurred after a public hearing was held, with no public comments made.

This rate was used only as a guide for adopting the budget. Darilek said the board will revisit the tax rate as soon as certified values are provided by the Wilson County Appraisal District.

The estimated $8.96 million budget includes:

•General operating fund: $7,202,109

•Cafeteria fund: $417,882

•Debt service fund: $761,888

•Federal funds: $183,893

•Construction fund: $399,364.

Increases were made in payroll, fuel, and utilities. Also, administrators will receive a 2 percent increase in pay and at-will staff will receive a 5 percent raise (to the mid-point of each pay grade). Teachers, counselors, nurses, and librarians will receive step increases from the teacher pay scale.

State revenue per student will increase by $222. The total revenue per student last year was $6,087; for 2013-14, the district projects it to be $6,309.

Compared to last year’s budget, maintenance and operations costs have increased by 5.677 percent, and debt service increased by 0.576 percent.

Estimated total appraised value used for the budget increased by more than $25.8 million for the current year. The district saw a decrease of almost $397,682 in the value of new property. The total taxable value of all property within the district declined by $356,012, for a total of almost $6.9 million.

In other business, the board approved a 2012-13 budget amendment, including money received from the time warrant and proceeds from the sale of the former Head Start building.

After the board reconvened from executive session, the trustees hired Kenneth Martinez, teacher/coach; Michelle Scheffler, junior high counselor; and Leslie Thomas, junior high math teacher.
 

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