With public school finances still up in the air at the state level, Pearland ISD officials say they are confident the local tax rate won’t increase as it begins its budget process for the next fiscal year.
A public meeting on the budget and tax rate was tentatively set for Tuesday, June 9, pending approval of the board, set to meet Tuesday night. The current combined tax rate for the district is $1.4157 per $100 of value.
The school board may adopt the budget and tax rate after the required public meeting. Or the board may opt to adopt the budget and wait to adopt the tax rate.
A funding plan proposed in the 84th Texas Legislature would provide Pearland ISD with an additional $3.5 million in state funding. However, the additional money is “significantly less” than the average increase for districts statewide. This is due in part to a “cost of education index” that had been taken into account in past models.
Next year’s budget is being developed based on a projected enrollment of 21,042 students, an increase of 468 students over the current year. Next fall, the district anticipates those students will use just over 90 percent of its 23,274 seating capacity.
According to district documents, several campuses are expected to be at or over their capacity next fall, including Lawhon, Harris, Carleston and Cockrell elementaries, Miller Junior High and Dawson High, which has a seating capacity of 2,000 but has a projected enrollment of 2,460.
PISD trustee meetings are held at the Education Support Center, 1928 N. Main.
Individuals may address the board during the citizen’s participation portion of the regular meeting.
Agendas for each meeting will be available 72 hours in advance at pearlandisd.org.