Howe Independent School District

"Educating the Hope of Tomorrow"

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
TO DISCUSS BUDGET AND PROPOSED TAX RATE
 
The Howe Independent School District will hold a public meeting at 6:00 PM on June 20, 2016 in the Howe ISD Board Room located at 105 W. Tutt Street, Howe, TX.  The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the school district's budget that will determine the tax rate that will be adopted.  Public participation in the discussion is invited.
 
The tax rate that is ultimately adopted at this meeting or at a separate meeting at a later date may not exceed the proposed rate shown below unless the district publishes a revised notice containing the same information and comparisons set out below and holds another public meeting to discuss the revised notice.
 
     Maintenance Tax                  $  1.17 / $100 (Proposed rate for maintenance and operations)
 
     School Debt Service Tax       $  0.25 / $100 (Proposed rate to pay bonded indebtedness)
     Approved by Local Voters
 
Comparison of Proposed Budget with Last Year's Budget
 
The applicable percentage increase or decrease (or difference) in the amount budgeted in the preceding fiscal year and the amount budgeted for the fiscal year that begins during the current tax year is indicated for each of the following expenditure categories:
 
                           Maintenance and operations   ___4.54___%  increase     or       ____________%  (decrease)
                           Debt Service                           __________% increase     or       ____7.79_____% (decrease)
                           Total expenditures                  ___3.42____%  increase     or      __    ________% (decrease)
 
         
 Total Appraised Value and Total Taxable Value
(as calculated under Section 26.04, Tax Code)
 
                                                                                Preceding Tax Year                Current Tax Year
      Total appraised value* of all property                    $ 267,145,239                        $ 310,745,991
      Total appraised value * of new property**            $     2,407,733                        $     7,483,518
      Total taxable value***of all property                    $ 216,140,466                         $ 247,657,430
      Total taxable value***of new property**             $     2,357,063                         $    7,458,066
 
*      "Appraised value" is the amount shown on the appraisal roll and defined by Section 1.04(8), Tax Code.
**    "New Property" is defined by Section 26.012(17), Tax Code.
***  "Taxable value" is defined by Section 1.04(10), Tax Code.
 
Bonded Indebtedness
 
The amount of outstanding and unpaid bonded indebtedness*  $8,819,753.20
 
*  Outstanding principal
 
Comparison of Proposed Rates with Last Year's Rates
 
                                                    Maintenance        Interest                         Local Revenue    State Revenue
                                                    & Operations   & Sinking Fund*   Total        Per Student        Per Student
 
Last Year's Rate                             $1.17000           $0.28000*      $1.45000          $3,131                 $7,045
 
Rate to Maintain Same
   Level of Maintenance &
   Operations Revenue & 
   Pay Debt Service                         $1.13914           $0.31627*      $1.45541           $3,438                $7,063
 
Proposed Rate                                $1.17000           $0.25000*      $1.42000           $3,264                $7,116
*The Interest & Sinking Fund tax revenue is used to pay for bonded indebtedness on construction, equipment, or both.
  The bonds, and the tax rate necessary to pay those bonds, were approved by the voters of this district.
 
Comparison of Proposed Levy with Last Year's Levy on Average Residence
 
                                                                                                 Last Year                            This Year
 
Average Market Value of Residences                                      $124,204                             $143,958
 
Average Taxable Value of Residences                                     $  96,246                             $107,003
 
Last Year's Rate Versus Proposed Rate per $100 Value          $      1.45                             $      1.42
 
Taxes Due on Average Residence                                           $,1,395.57                           $,1,519.44
 
Increase (Decrease) in Taxes                                                                                               $      123.87
 
Under state law, the dollar amount of school taxes imposed on the residence homestead of a person 65 years of age or older or of the surviving spouse of such a person, if the surviving spouse was 55 years of age or older when the person died, may not be increased above the amount paid in the first year after the person turned 65, regardless of changes in tax rate or property value.
 
Notice of Rollback Rate:  The highest tax rate the district can adopt before requiring voter approval at an election in 1.42955.  This election will be automatically held if the district adopts a rate in excess of the rollback rate of 1.42955.
 
Fund Balances
 
The following estimated balances will remain at the end of the current fiscal year and are not encumbered with or by a corresponding debt obligation, less estimated funds necessary for operating the district before receipt of the first state aid payment:
 
                                                        Maintenance and Operations Fund Balance     $ 2,888,882                                                  
                                                        Interest & Sinking Fund Balance                     $    472,534
Last Modified on June 17, 2016
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