Alvord ISD faces budget deficit

By Travis Lisle | Published Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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Alvord Superintendent Dr. Randy Brown proposed Monday a 2015-16 budget with a $450,000 deficit.

In his first week on the job, Brown said much of the budget legwork was done by former Superintendent Bill Branum and interim Superintendent Lloyd Treadwell.

Brown told the board that the budget is a conservative estimation.

“This is not something that anybody likes to see, but we’ll chip away and hopefully have a balanced budget in the future,” Brown told the board. “This is a lean budget. We’re trying to be conservative, almost pessimistic.

“I would rather come back with good news saying, ‘we’re better off than we thought’ rather than coming back with bad news,” he said.

One of the “good news” items that could help the budget is the impact of aid received from the federal government for the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands.

Because the grasslands are owned by the federal government and non-taxable, the school district receives PILT (payment in lieu of taxes) dollars.

Last year the district budgeted $150,000 in PILT money and received $431,000.

Though the grasslands aid was budgeted at $200,000 for this year, if the district receives the same amount as last year, it would almost eliminate the deficit.

The most notable difference from last year’s budget is the $587,836 less the district is expected to receive in state revenue.

Last year the district received approximately $1.7 million from the state, but this year it will be closer to $1,147,551, according to Brown.

“Changes from the last legislative session are still up in the air,” he said. “We want to focus on what we can control with this budget.”

Brown also mentioned that the fund balance will be around $4 million.

The Alvord School Board will meet Monday night to consider adopting the budget.

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