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La Vernia trustees consider $23.2M budget
WCN CorrespondentAugust 13, 2014 | 2,558 views | 3 comments
The La Vernia Independent School District board of trustees is considering a budget of approximately $23.2 million for the 2014-15 academic year. They also may consider reducing the tax rate.
The trustees took another look at the proposed budget Aug. 4 during their regular meeting.
The board previously met July 29 in the district administration building for a workshop. This included a review of each budget “function,” along with a comparison of the original 2013-14 budget and estimated ending budget totals, and a look at the proposed budget totals for 2014-15.
The summary presented Aug. 4 included itemizing amendments that had been made to the 2013-14 budget during the year, and differences in the estimated ending budget for 2013-14 and the proposed 2014-15 budget.
District Finance Director Kati Burke presented the budget figures, including proposed expenditures for the coming school year -- a the grand total of $23,263,452, which matches predicted revenue from local, state, and federal governments. The new budget predicts $822,261 more in revenue, but only $385,848 more in expenditures. Consequently, board members also are considering lowering the tax rate from 35 cents to 34.5 cents or 34 cents per $100 of appraised value.
A public hearing on the budget will take place Aug. 19 in the high school cafeteria, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Also during the meeting, the trustees approved:
•Changing district policy to include a prohibition against accepting advertising for electronic cigarettes along with alcohol and tobacco products
•Purchasing 142 new computers with monitors from Tech Southwest, for $80,420
•Purchasing new Trane air conditioning units for $7,700
•Amending the district’s student code of conduct to prohibit e-cigarettes
•Raising travel rate reimbursement for district-authorized travel (including mileage, per diem, and meals) to be in line with state rates
•A 2-percent raise for district employees in certain pay grades.
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