School Boards Vote on Tax Rates - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/24/06

School Boards Vote on Tax Rates

Lubbock and Lubbock Cooper ISD trustees voted tonight and depending on where you live, your tax rate could be going up or down. NewsChannel 11's Jennifer Vogel attended both meetings tonight and brings us the decisions.

Last June, the Legislature said schools were taxing Texans too much. So this year, the state is giving schools more money, so you don't have to.

What that means is school districts have had to re-organize and re-budget. For example, LISD's current tax rate is $1.65. The recommendation was to lower it to $1.56. That's a nine cent decrease. Tonight, that recommendation passed, but not without very careful budgeting and planning.  

"We have made cost savings in the district budget through reducing through attrition and then we've cut supply and travel budgets. We've also cut our costs in addition to the extra money the state is providing," says Nancy Sharp with LISD.

If you live in the Lubbock-Cooper School District, your taxes are going up, but by far less than originally planned. Because of a bond issue passed, property taxes were supposed to be raised 18-cents. Now, with the decreases, Lubbock-Cooper will still get their new schools and improvements, but it will only cost tax payers five cents more.

"All the issues or projects are underway in one form or another with the dirt work being done or design phase, all 34 million dollars worth," says Superintendent Pat Henderson. 

Here's some proof of Cooper's growth. New enrollment numbers were released today. The district has grown by 224 students this year and 132 of those are at North elementary.

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