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Crockett ISD Holds Public Hearings
Houston County Courier - August 2008
By Sharron Randall
Crockett Independent School District Board of Truestees held a special called meeting on Monday, Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m. for the required public hearing on the 2008-2009 budget and tax rate.
A Power Point presentation by CISD Superintendent Dr. Bill Like required no action by the board. No public comments were made.
Six board members, President Claude Watson, Trustees James Berry, Deborah Kennedy, Trey Young, Karen Johnson and Vice President Johnny Lawrence adopted the 2008-2009 school district budget as presented with a vote of 6-0. Secretary Helen Dubcak was absent.
The Texas Education Code requires that the board of trustees of a school district adopt and publish a resolution that includes an explanation justifying the intent to not meet all proposed expenditure spending targets.
Since CISD intends to fall short of the instructional expenditure target established by the commissioner of education for the 2008-2009 school year, action on the targeted expenditure resolution was postponed until the October board meeting. Berry made the motion, Lawrence seconded and the postponement passed 6-0.
Also the board set and unanimously adopted the 2008-2009-tax rate at $1.04 Interest and Sinking and .19 Maintenance and Operating for a total of $1.23. With Lawrence's motion and Ms. Kennedy's second, the required tax rate resolution was also unanimously approved.
With Ms. Kennedy's motion and Young's second, the board unanimously approved the certified tax roll.
Even though the rate remains the same as last year and the district will lose corresponding state funds, this tax rate will raise more taxes for M&O than last year's tax rate. This will occur even though the total rate has decreased because of the increase in appraised values.
The total yearly tax increase on an average residence will be $23.71.
Six audit proposals were submitted for consideration: Kenneth C. Davis & Co., Jesse L. Stephens, CPA, Singleton, Moore & Company, John R. Pechacek, Axley & Rode, LLP, and Alexander, Lankford & Hiers, Inc.
The board accepted Dr. Like's recommendation of Kenneth Davis' lowest bid of $16,000. Ms. Kennedy made the motion; Watson seconded. Ms. Kennedy, Watson and Berry voted for, Young voted no and Ms. Johnson abstained for a 3-1-1 vote. Lawrence recused himself
The board accepted the superintendent's recommendation for amendments 1 and 2 but denied the superintendent's recommendation regarding budget amendment 3.
Amendment 1: This amendment changes the revenue and expenditures equally. It is an in and out end of year correction;
Amendment 2: This amendment does the same thing in the food service account.
Amendment 3: This amendment would recode purchases made under surplus property sales to bond proceeds.
Dr. Like's recommendation: To transfer the high school parking lot ($69,640) and computer purchases ($177,317.50) for a total of $246,957.50 transferred to bond surplus account.