The Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a balanced budget of $170.50 million for the 2014-2015 school year during a special meeting on Wednesday, August 27.
The approved budget is $7.638 million more than the previous year for HCISD, an increase of about 4.7 percent, as a result of an increase in state revenue.
“Our budget reflects our fortunate position as a school district,” said Superintendent Dr. Art Cavazos. “It is a source of pride that our Board of Trustees remains fiscally responsible while promoting the best interests of our students and staff. I commend the administration for formulating a budget that will further assist the growth of our district while promoting student achievement.”
The board held a public hearing for the proposed tax rate of $1.218 for every $100 in property value, no increase from the previous years rate.
Also approved earlier this summer, was a cost of living increase for all HCISD employees. Teachers received an increase of $1,200, while administration and other professions were given an increase of 2 percent of the midpoint. An increase of 3 percent was approved for auxiliary and hourly employees.