The Leander school district’s tax rate will remain steady — for now, at least. But escalating debt in the district has some in the community asking the school board to raise taxes now to pay it down.
Some have even urged the district to call an election this year to raise taxes to boost the district’s maintenance and operations budget. It is not yet clear whether the school board will agree.
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The Leander school district’s budget
2012-13 operating budget: $237.7 million
Adopted 2013-14 budget: $247.4 million, up $9.7 million
Tax rate: Unchanged at $1.51 per $100 of assessed value
Tax impact: The owner of an average-value home of $228,845, after exemptions, will pay $3,460, up $114 from last year.
Enrollment: 34,983, up 589 students