Lindale residents will not see a property-tax hike, despite another deep cut to the Lindale Independent School District’s operating budget.
Officials announced Tuesday by news release that the district’s school board voted to maintain the current tax rate, which includes “a maintenance and operation (M/O) rate of $1.06 and an Interest and Sinking (I/S) rate of $0.395.”
The budget approved Monday trimmed about $84,855 from the school’s budget, which totals $26,137,101, according to the release.
Board president James “Red” Brown said the board is not concerned that the cuts will affect the quality of education in the district.
“We’re not decreasing any programs at all,” he said. “In fact, we’re expanding.”
He said the district has plans to hire more teachers and do more with existing programs to address a growing student body.
In the release, Superintendent Stan Surratt said he was pleased with the board’s work on the budget.
“Our staff does a wonderful job of being conservative and helping control cost for the district,” he said, according to the release.
That’s a sentiment Brown agreed with.
“We’ve got great administrators, great teachers and great board members who watch the taxpayers’ dollars,” he said.