In three weeks, voters will decide the fate of a $137 million budget for the coming school year.
The proposed spending plan is a modest 2.3 percent increase over last school year's budget. It maintains all existing programs and staff and even adds Chinese foreign language studies to the High School. The tax levy increase is just under 2.5 percent. That's well under the state’s so-called budget cap.
In Plainview’s case, the school board could have increased the tax levy -- the amount to be raised by local taxes -- by 3.2 percent, and remained under the cap.
In simple terms, being under the tax cap means that if Plainview voters pass the budget on May 15, it goes into effect. If the district had exceeded the cap, the budget would have to pass by a super majority of voters in order to take effect. In simple terms, it could have been a mess.
Have you made up your mind? Yes or no?
Are you undecided: Do you want to know more; what specific questions would you ask?
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