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Friday, December 4, 2020

KISD to hold public meeting on budget/tax rate for 2019-20

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A public meeting has been called by the Kennedale Independent School District Board of Trustees for 6 PM, August 29 at the KISD Media Center on the campus of Kennedale High School, 901 Wildcat Way, Kennedale, TX 76060. {{more: continue …}}
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The propose of this meeting is to discuss the school district?s proposed budget that will determine the new property tax rate. See posting @ Notice Public Posting 2019
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The proposed budget for the school year 2019-20 represents a 3.91% increase over last year’s budget. The biggest percentage of increase in the budget is in Debt Service (26.87%) while the maintenance and operation portion of the budget represents just a 1.06% increase.
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The overall tax rate to support the budget is $1.35. Last?s rate was $1.45170. While it represents approximately 10 cent drop, most property taxpayers will see an increase in the annual tax bill because property values in the KISD boundary area have risen.?
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Last year, the taxable value of property in KISD was $1,413,242,994. This year it is projected to be $1,631,564,813. This is a $2,183,219 increase or just over 15%. Of that total $61,170,65 is new property that has been added to the the tax rolls this past year.?
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Cost for average property owner …?
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The average homeowner has a home valued at approximately $239,654 in the school district. Last year, the taxes would have been $2,451.28. Under the new proposed rate, the home owner, assuming a 15% increase in value, would pay $2,645.93 or $194.65 more than last year.
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Last year?s rate raised approximately $6,851 per student in revenue locally while the state contributed another $3,471 for a total of $10,322. The new rate would raise $7,347 locally while the state would contribute $3,532 for a total of $10,872.?
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Budget projections ?
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Under the proposed budget for 2019-20, expenditures would be reduced in the following areas:
  • co-curricular/extra-curricular activities (-$2 per student),?
  • health services (-$3 per),?
  • guidance and counseling (-$11 per),?
  • instructional resources/media services (-$3 per),?
  • plant maintenance & operations (-$30 per) ,?
  • data processing (-$33 per),?
  • student transportation (-$5 per), and?
  • food services (-$5 per).
Expenditures would be increased in the following areas:
  • instruction ($65 per student),?
  • curriculum & staff development ($20 per),?
  • instructional leadership ($31 per),?
  • school leadership ($23),?
  • general administration ($10 per),?
  • security & monitoring ($20 per), and?
  • debt service ($309 per).

For more information see -?Proposed budget 2019-20

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State funding level continue drop ?
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Local ISD?s in the State of Texas provided the bulk of the money for educating the state?s children. It wasn?t always that way.
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In the last 10-11 years, the state?s portion has declined steadily. In 2008, the state share was just under 50%. By 2018 a new low has been established at just 38% while the local is now the primary source of revenue for public schools.
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Comparing overall revenue to peers ?

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The State of Texas has paired Kennedale ISD with school districts that have enrollments between 1,600 to 4,997 as of 2017-18. Kennedale had an enrollment of $3,188 students, pre-k through grade 12. Note: this past year it was 3,068.
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In that peer group of 244 districts, the average total revenue per student was $11,742. (Note: these figures include revenue from the federal government).
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The lowest district revenue total was $7,997 for Promise Community School District, a charter school in Bellaire, Texas, just southwest of Houston. The highest revenue recorded was $19,027 fpr Seminole ISD, located between Lubbock and Odessa in west Texas.
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Kennedale?s total revenue per student equaled $11,674 per student.?
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Reported revenue sources for selected districts in peer group …
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The following is a list of sixteen school districts familiar to Kennedale ISD in their TEA peer grouping. The districts are listed in desending order by amount of revenue per student received followed by their current TEA district report card grade. TEA

Peer Groupings

  • Argyle ? $14,514 per “A”
  • Godley – $14,506 “C”
  • Sanger ? $13,312 “C”
  • Lake Dallas ? $12,908 “B”?
  • Lake Worth ? $12,748 “D”?
  • Anna ? ?$12,581 “C”?
  • Melissa ? $12,530 “A”?
  • La Vega ? $12,451 “D”?
  • Venus ? $12,100 “C”?
  • Kennedale ? $11,674?“B”
  • Castleberry – ($11,601 “C”?
  • Decatur ? $11,562 “B”?
  • Mineral Wells ? $11,488 “C”?
  • Alvarado – $10,898 “C”?
  • Graham ? $10,427 “C”?
  • Stephenville -$10,333 “B”

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