Understanding School Finance

Step 1

Develop a deeper understanding of how school districts are funded in Texas

Step 2

Gather information about LISD’s current budget outlook

Step 3

Learn of decisions coming before the community in upcoming elections

Recent News

At its Jan. 27 meeting, the Leander ISD Board of Trustees approved the 2022-23 academic calendar, discussed staffing and budgeting projections for the rest of the school year and reviewed the district’s long-awaited Strategic Plan.... Read more
January 28, 2022

Video Series

Finance 101

On the Finance 101 page, community members can learn the basics of school finance in Texas. Included is an overview of how districts are funded and where the money goes; definitions of key concepts and common acronyms; and frequently asked questions.

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Budget Deficit

In Leander ISD, initial budget projections showed a budget deficit of about $35 million and a deficit that increases by more than $10 million annually in the following years. On the Budget Deficit page, community members can learn how the district is planning to look for ways to both decrease expenditures while also increasing revenues.

Upcoming Elections

The Elections page details a number of elections over the coming months related to the school district’s finances.

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Timeline

Timeline: Nov. 18, 2021 – Received projected 2022-23 student enrollment from demographer; Dec. 16, 2021 – Proposed 202-23 budget assumptions and parameter; Jan. 13, 2022 – Adopted 2022-23 budget assumptions and parameter; March 24, 2022 – Amended budget assumption; May 5, 2022 – Amended budget assumption; May 7, 2022 – Constitutional Amendment Election: Homestead Exemption; May 19, 2022 – Adopted compensation plan; June 23, 2022 – Adopted the 2022-23 budget; July/August 2022 – Certification of property values and tax rate from TEA; Aug. 22, 2022 – Last day to adopt the 2022 tax rate; Nov. 8, 2022 – Elections
  • Nov. 18, 2021: Received Projected 2022–23 Student Enrollment from Demographer
  • Dec. 16, 2021: Proposed 2022–23 Budget Assumptions and Parameter
  • Jan. 13, 2022: Adopted 2022–23 Budget Assumptions and Parameter; Presented Review of Texas School Finance
  • March 24, 2022: Amended Budget Assumption
    • Increase of revenues by seeking November 2022 VATRE
  • May 5, 2022: Amended Budget Assumptions
    • Further increase of revenues with a 9-cent VATRE to cover a 4% pay increase for all employees with an additional 1% pay increase for teachers, nurses and counselors
    • Move projects under Major Maintenance to be funded with 2017 Bond savings
  • May 7, 2022: Texas Constitutional Amendment Election Propositions related to Homestead Exemption passed, increasing the exemption from $25,000 to $40,000 and expanding tax relief to the elderly and disabled, too.
  • May 19, 2022: Adopted Compensation Plan
    • Includes a 5% pay increase for teachers, nurses and counselors and a 4% pay increase for all other employees (percentage increases applied to the midpoint of a scale)
    • Includes a $15 minimum wage for hourly employees
  • June 23, 2022: Adopted 2022–23 Budget
    • Revenues in budget are based on a 9-cent VATRE
    • $3.5 million in budget cuts, avoiding instructional cuts
    • Budget contains a deficit, but meets the Board-set 4% parameter
    • No allocation of funds for Major Maintenance (to be funded by 2017 Bond savings)
  • July/August 2022: Certification of property values and tax rate from TEA
  • Aug. 22, 2022: Adopt the 2022 Tax Rate
    • Board determines tax rate for both M&O and I&S by this date
    • Adopting an M&O rate above the calculated state allowable rate – even if the total tax rate is lower – triggers a VATRE in November 2022 for voters to approve the Board-adopted rate
  • Nov. 8, 2022: Elections
    • Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election (VATRE)
    • Attendance Credit Election (ACE)
    • Trustee Election

Resources

  • Have a question? Submit your question through Let’s Talk or by texting 512-399-0068.
  • Remind: To receive Smart Money information – including weekly facts and “Did You Knows” – and be the first to know of key updates, text @LISDmoney to 81010 to sign up in Remind.
  • Downloadable Fast Facts graphics: Coming soon
  • School Finance Explainer video
  • Visit the Financial Transparency page for detailed information about the district’s finances.