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September 3rd, 2008
SMCISD School Board Adopts 2008-09 Annual Budget

At a special meeting of the San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees held on August 28, 2008, the Board adopted an official budget for the 2008-2009 school year. It totals nearly $70 million, and includes the following:Assistant Superintendent for Business & Support Services Mike Abild, also provides the following information about the adopted budget:

* Over $43.7 million of the proposed General Fund budget is for payroll costs; with nearly 88% of that total paid directly for instruction and instructional related services, instructional and school leadership, and student support services.

* Over $30.8 million will be used directly for classroom instruction.

* Over $5.6 million is budgeted for instructional related services and instructional and school leadership expenditures (libraries, campus leadership, curriculum/staff development, and instructional leadership).

* Over $7.1 million will be used for student support services; such as guidance, health services, student transportation, and co-curricular activities.

* Over $6.4 million will be used for facilities maintenance and operations; with nearly $5.3 million of that total spent for maintenance payroll costs, district-wide utilities, and property insurance.

* Over $3.2 million will be used for student transportation services, with over $700,000 spent for fuel.

* Other budget amounts include administrative services ($2 million), security and data processing services ($1.7 million), debt services ($1.3 million), and community services ($190,000).

Funding Sources:

* The 2008-2009 budget is funded primarily by local tax revenues and state funding. Local property taxes and related revenues fund over $32.9 million (59.17%) of the General Fund budget. State funding provides approximately $21.2 million (38.07%) of funding for the General Fund. Smaller amounts are provided by other local funds ($1.4 million) and federal funding ($150,000).

* The District’s 2008 taxable property increased by approximately 7% (a $213 million increase from the 2008 budget-year to the 2009 budget-year). This increase in value resulted in a net revenue gain of approximately $2.36 million for the General Fund.

* The “hold harmless” provisions of House Bill One (HB1) call for a nearly dollar-for-dollar reduction in state funding for each new dollar of local funding, resulting in an approximately $2 million reduction in state funding for 2009. The District expects to receive approximately $21.2 million of state funding for 2008-2009, a decrease of approximately $314,000 from budget-year to budget-year.

Major Budget Changes:

* The 2008-2009 budget includes a $1,375 salary increase for educators (teachers, counselors, librarians, and nurses), an increased beginning teacher salary ($39,200), and a 3% mid-point increase in wages for all other employee categories. Additional salary enhancements at steps 1 and 12-19, and an increased “masters degree stipend” (from $1,200 to $1,500), were also included to increase the competitiveness of the District’s salaries. Salary increases, totaling approximately $1.2 million, represent the single largest change in operating expenditures for the 2008-2009 budget.

* Other significant budget increases include fuel costs ($200,000), utility costs ($253,981), and debt service costs relating to vehicle purchases ($124,798). The 2008-2009 budget also includes numerous budget reductions, including a net $412,528 reduction in personnel costs resulting from staff reductions and adjustments. Additional budget reductions include appraisal costs ($61,638), property/fleet insurance costs ($22,023), and one-time capital outlay budgets ($57,500).

Tax Rate:

* The existing General Fund tax rate of $1.04 will adequately fund the proposed General Fund budget for 2008-2009. Additionally, the existing Debt Service Fund tax rate of $0.33 is adequate to accommodate the District’s debt service requirements for the upcoming fiscal year. The 2008 tax rate is as follows:

  2007 Official Rate 2008 Proposed Rate
General Fund Rate (M&O) $1.04 $1.04
Debt Service Fund Rate (I&S) $0.33 $0.33
Total Tax Rate $1.37 $1.37

Click here to download the full pdf detailing the budget.

By IRIS CAMPBELL
Public Information Officer – San Marcos CISD

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