The latest news from LISD.
March 10, 2023
I want to thank you for visiting with representatives from LISD last week in Austin. Your willingness to hear from individuals who are directly affected by the decisions being made during this session is crucial, and I am grateful for your participation in the conversations.
As I mentioned in my last message to you, I know you face an overwhelming amount of topics to address. Today I want to provide more insight for you as it relates to school funding, and how the proposed bills actually affect our district. I’ve also shared details about how safety and security affects our budget.
My hope is that you will view LISD as a resource for information as you consider priorities this session. I look forward to continuing these critical conversations with each of you.
House Bill 2, filed by Representative Meyer, would reduce school district M & O tax rates by 15 cents in the 2023-24 school year. This is in addition to the current law compression. We were able to do the runs for Lewisville ISD and the impact on taxpayers. While HB 2 decreases what LISD is paying in recapture, the loss of revenue from property taxes is almost equal to the reduction in recapture. We have determined that without a companion school finance bill that increases the entitlement for school districts to address inflationary cost drivers to include the need for staff pay raises, the tax compression bill provides no additional revenue to address our growing needs.
The chart below outlines the different variables at play in the school funding formula. In essence:
With tax rate compression of 9 cents, LISD tax collections decrease.
LISD’s entitlement based on our enrollment stays the same.
With lower collections, LISD’s local share of the entitlement decreases.
LISD’s net tax revenue stays the same based on entitlement.
LISD’s total state and tax revenue stays the same.
LISD’s recapture decreases due to loss in tax revenue.
Bottom line: the revenue loss due to tax compression offsets the recapture payment with no new revenue coming into the school district:
Below is an estimated impact of a 9 cent decrease on tax paying homeowners:
Below is a side by side comparison of a HB 2 tax compression run to a run that added $500 to the basic allotment alongside the tax compression:
2017 Bond Items - $28.8M (All completed)
Security vestibules at main entrance for all campuses – $13.7M (these were completed within the first 2 years of the bond program)
Added over 1,800 cameras and network storage – $3.3M
Life cycle safety and security items (lights, paging, notification, door access, phone systems, fire alarm panels) $11.1M
Connected remainder of campuses so they have network access to life safety systems- $693K
School Resource Officer Costs
LISD partners with our local law enforcement agencies and enters into Interlocal Agreements which cost shares SROs with our police departments. Annual LISD SRO Expenditures:
- 2021–2022: $2,053,787
- 2020–2021: $1,868,340
- 2019–2020: $1,805,807
Summer 2022 LISD Actions following the Uvalde Tragedy: $2,154,000
- Keyless access additions - $935K-$1.25M
- Anonymous reporting and emergency management software - $237K
- in wall safes at all campuses to house keys and maps for first responders - $5,500
- Elementary Rover Program with local law enforcement (not categorized as SROs) - $600K (this program has already won an award within the first four months of operating this school year)
- Ballistic shields before the grant was created - $61,500
TEA Proposed Rule Comments LISD submitted to the comment portal:
- Certification/Timelines - The timeline to complete during the 22/23 school year is concerning. Considering it is March and the rules are still “proposed” is frustrating when we are being held to that deadline. We do have the ability to provisionally certify that we will have it all done by the 23/24 school year but with the delays we are seeing with radio equipment and other technical systems, there may be a situation where all schools are not complete. When you only have to worry about 1-5 schools it isn’t that big of an issue but with the amount of campuses we have it can easily become a logistical issue.
- Film - We have used film on all front entry doors (not the rest of the security vestibule that has ballistic glass) in the 2017 bond and it is proving to be problematic and something that will continually need to be reapplied if we continue with it. Glass with safety features was the path we were going to go for our exterior doors and adjacent windows but due to the cost it would be an item in the next bond. Timelines play in on this, as even with the bond, it will take time to order and install this much glass and we would not be able to meet the timelines set of rules even though we are providing a better product not only for safety but for longevity. I caution the state pushing film as I don’t think they are thinking about the replacement and repair costs.
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