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The budget dance

by Ann Sutherland on 04/17/19

So it's the day after Income Tax and we're having another budget workshop.  That's workshop, not hearing.  In the back room, with no cameras.  It appears that public comment will not be possible until well into May.

In the 2017-18 year, there was a huge discrepancy between the adopted budget, which predicted a $48 million deficit, and the audit of the year, which showed a $23.3 million surplus.  Approved for expenditure, but not spent, was $26 million in instructional staff and supplies.  Essentially, these funds went into the bank, not the classroom.

Schools are getting a smaller slice of the pie.  Over the past five years the percentage of dollars directed by the central office has increased from 22.5 to 25.1%.  And our district standing among major Texas districts hasn't changed.

Board members must insist on a balanced budget with real, verifiable numbers.  And Dr. Scribner needs to stand behind reasonable requests for information.

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