… and that’s for the first time in a couple of years.
Trustees approved the school district’s $123.2 million general operating budget — which covers a 2 percent pay bump for all faculty and staff — and its $11.4 million debt-service budget at Tuesday’s regular board meeting.
Those figures include around $2.5 million in gifts from PTAs and other organizations. “The community has always stepped up in this district,” said trustee/finance officer Joe Taylor, “and frankly, we’re going to need the community to step up.”
HPISD’s taxable property value has increased about 1.2 percent for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Its tax rates remain unchanged.