MG ISD to set tax rate, consider election changes
From Staff Reports
Nov 16, 2007 - Miller Grove school officials have called a special meeting Monday night to address a recent tax rollback election and to address recent changes in election laws.
The agenda calls for the board to canvass the results of the Nov. 6 rollback election, which was failed by about a dozen votes. The school board is also scheduled to set the maintenance and operations property tax rate for the year.
District officials called for the election earlier this year to help continue to fund existing district operations without having to make any additional personnel or program cuts, Superintendent Steve Johson explained in a letter mailed to district tax payers prior to the early voting period.
The proposed rate which was defeated by voters would have been above the state-mandated $1.04 for maintenance and operations, but still less than the amount assessed last year.
Voters were asked to approve anM&O tax rate of $1.17 per $100 property value, which would have been 12 cents less than they paid last year and could have generated $110,173 in additional money.
�We did the budget at $1.04, and we�ll continue on, but it�s going to be tight,� Johnson said the day after the election. "We�re just going to keep our fingers crossed there are no major catastrophes. The latter part of the year, we�ll have to keep an eye out and see how things are going."
Miller Grove’s school board will also be asked Monday to consider a resolution changing school trustees' terms and election schedule in accordance with recent changes in Texas law.
According to the legislative change, Miller Grove, along with the Sulphur Bluff and Saltillo school districts, will be required to push their annual trustee elections back to November instead of the usual May election.
The stipulates that schools that do not have a municipality within their district cannot hold their school elections in May, but must hold the election during the November general elections.
Schools with municipalities within their district must contract with that town or city to conduct elections in May. Otherwise, those district will also be required to hold elections in November.
The change affects the span of the trustee elections, when the terms begin and end, as well as the election schedule.
The Miller Grove Board of Trustees will also consider changing the night they generally meet each month. The board currently meets at 6 p.m. the third Monday of each month in the High School Library.