Burnet CISD trustees propose lower tax rate

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Burnet Bulletin staff writer Savanna Gregg, right, was named to the Texas Association of School Boards media honor roll by the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District. Superintendent Keith McBurnett, left, presented a certificate to Gregg Monday, July 22.





By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

At their regularly scheduled meeting Monday, July 22, Burnet CISD Trustees proposed a new tax rate for the 2019-2020 school year for maintenance and operations and debt service.

The proposed tax rate will lower the maintenance and operations rate from $1.06 to $0.99, and the interest and sinking (debt services) rate from $0.20 to $0.195, for a total rate of $1.185 compared to last year’s $1.26 tax rate.

If passed, this will be the fourth year in a row that the District has reduced the tax rate for the upcoming school year, according to Superintendent Keith McBurnett.

This proposed rate will be discussed at a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on August 26 at the Burnet CISD Central Office, 208 East Brier.

Trustees also discussed a recent facility needs assessment and analyzed details concerning certain projects in the district, including new facilities for BCISD athletes.

These projects will rely on the passage of a bond in the fall, which is contingent upon the reduction of the tax rate.

Trustees agreed to receive more financial details from architectural company Claycomb and formulate a plan about the athletics facilities projects, then bring the discussion to a committee consisting of community members, parents, and students and come back with a report on their feedback from the committee next month.

Trustees also approved the continuance of an interlocal agreement between Burnet CISD and the City of Bertram to provide a School Resource Officer at Bertram Elementary. The fiscal impact of the agreement increased from $31,000 to $35,000 for recruitment and retention of officers. The current SRO, Officer Walton Cotton, will remain at the campus.

In other action, Burnet CISD Secretary Earl Foster was approved as the Board representative for the 2019 Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) delegate assembly. Foster recently earned Master Trustee status from the Leadership TASB program after representing the District with 32 other board members, participating in multiple trainings on board governance and bringing his experiences back to Burnet CISD.

Other business items approved during the July 22 meeting include the adoption of policies as prepared by TASB policy service; updates to the student code of conduct; updates affecting academic achievement, retention and promotion; affirmation of the District’s investment policy and designation of investment officers; a resolution adopting the authorized broker list; and the 2019-2020 T-TESS appraisers.

Also Burnet Bulletin staff writer Savanna Gregg was named to the Texas Association of School Boards honor roll by the Burnet Consolidateed Independent School District. Superintendent Keith McBurnett, left, presented a certificate to Gregg Monday.

“We are incredibly blessed to have Savanna on our staff," said Bulletin publisher Frank Shubert. "She is a tireless champion of Burnet schools and the children of this community and it's awesome to see her recognized for all of her hard work.”

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