Fort Bend ISD Begins Budget Process With Concerns Over Revenues
by John Pape, FortBendNow
With a wary eye on revenues and fewer new student enrollments than expected, the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees began the annual process of developing a budget for the district’s upcoming year.
Trustees held the first of what should be a series of budget workshop sessions prior to Monday’s regular board meeting. School administrators said they wanted to give the board a broad overview of the upcoming year.
“We are prepared to provide you with some very high level, preliminary information,” Superintendent Dr. Tim Jenney told trustees at the start of the workshop.
District Chief Operating Officer Mike Seale said one of the goals in the budget development process is to have a great deal of board input.
“One of our goals this year is to make sure we have plenty of board input very early in the process,” Seale told trustees. “This isn’t my budget; this isn’t the administration’s budget; it will become your budget.”
Trustees may have their work cut out for them, with Seale indicating that it could be a challenging year with limited new revenue. Those issues are not unique to Fort Bend ISD, Seale said, with districts all over the state facing a potential budget crunch. . . (get the full story at http://fortbendnow.com/pages/full_story?page_label=home&id=56043&article-Fort-Bend-ISD-Begins-Budget-Process-With-Concerns-Over-Revenues%20=&widget=push&instance=home_news_bullets&open=&)
2009 FBISD Tax Hearing (On YouTube)
CLICK HERE FOR THE 2009 FBISD CONTROVERSIAL TAX HEARING (YES THEY ARE RAISING THEM AGAIN--see petition of over 500 district taxpayers asking for board accountability) --In case anyone missed it they raised the property tax rate again (4th time) in 2010 and more than likely will do so again in 2011 facing another projected 15-20 million dollar budget deficit, according to some media reports. ***NEW*** ..Petition TO STOP THE GSTC (Global Science Museum being planned at the district central office--near $30 million dollar project that superintendent Jenney is pushing): http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stopthegcst/ (see update below on this apparently ending this project after 2 years)