South San ISD leaders approve putting tax rate increase on August ballot
District points to dropping enrollment rates for causing deficit
SAN ANTONIO – South San Independent School District leaders have approved putting a tax ratification election on the August 14 ballot to increase the maintenance and operation tax rate from $1.04 to $1.17.
The district held several public meetings before the school board voted on whether or not it will put it on the ballot.
South San ISD points to dropping enrollment rates and other factors for the $7.3 million deficit next school year.
The district has a $76 million operating budget.
South San ISD breaks down the average monthly increase for property owners as follows: A $50,000 property would pay about $2.70, and a $100,000 would pay about $8.
What South San ISD Superintendent Dr. Abelardo Saavedra is saying:
“The impact is pretty minimal to the homeowner. The majority of the increase falls either on the state of Texas or the business properties that reside within the district.”
“Worst case scenario, we take away $7 million from our existing budget. It means programs, personnel, it will impact services to the school.”
“We feel we've been fiscally conservative, but we feel we're at a point where we have cut as much as we can cut without really going into programs.”
Other districts in the area:
San Antonio ISD is also expecting a $31 million decline for next year’s budget. It is in the process of working through its budget.
Northeast ISD expects a $17 million shortfall next school year. Staff members are considering the options for future revenue.
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