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Alvord School Board sets tax rate, budget

By David Talley | Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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Alvord School Board members last month approved keeping the district’s tax rate the same as last year’s.

The district will levy an interest and sinking rate of 18.4 cents per $100 valuation in the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Superintendent Dr. Randy Brown said the district would dip into its fund balance to cover its debt.

“We opted to use that instead of asking our taxpayers to make that up,” Brown said.

The district last year also used its I&S fund balance to avoid raising its debt service tax rate.

Brown said the board also opted to purchase food service software recommended by Decatur ISD Director of Child Nutrition Shelly Laaser, who oversees a cooperative of districts’ food service programs in the county.

The superintendent said the district reached its final budget, which included the food service program and $120,000 in pay raises, by working diligently to reduce expenditures by about $250,000 through reducing budgets and absorbing positions when possible. An expected increase in state funding also helped the district.

“Everything really came together, in that yes, we got an increase in state aid, but also that we were able to decrease our expenditures by enough to balance that budget,” Brown said.

In other business, trustees voted to appoint Jim Bloomer to the board, filling Candace Mercer’s unexpired term.

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