FBISD dilemma: raises and deficit
budget or balanced budget and no raises
By Barbara Fulenwider
The Fort Bend ISD board is between a rock and a hard place. They can adopt a balanced budget that includes no raises or much staffing beyond campuses or give employee raises and adopt a deficit budget.
The superintendent of another school district, faced with a similar scenario, said it’s a problem 50 percent of Texas districts are facing this year thanks to legislators having changed the school funding formula two years ago. While the state’s public school districts are pinched, the state has a big bankroll this year.
So with having to operate with $465 million, the same amount of dollars as last year, while needing more staff for two new schools and paying increased fuel prices, the district’s Chief Financial Officer Mike Seale presented the board with three options on raises.
The first is a one percent raise for all employees and a projected budgeted deficit of $1,057,700; the second is a two percent raise with a deficit of $5,605,900; the third is a three percent raise and a projected budgeted deficit of $9,251,100. Seale said staff has “not made a recommendation to the board” regarding the three options.
He pointed to the fact that Cypress-Fairbanks school district “is cutting staff and freezing salaries” and the “Alief is giving a big raise but preparing to go into their fund balance between $20 to $25 million.”
What the board is wrestling with, Seale said, “is making sure they give teachers and the rest of staff the largest possible raise and still be fiscally responsible.”. . . (get the full story at http://www.fortbendstar.com/080608/n_FBISD%20dilemma%20raises%20and%20deficit%20budget%20or%20balanced%20budget%20and%20no%20raises.htm)
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)