By Tony Farkas
GROVETON — The Groveton ISD Board of Trustees approved a tax rate that is lower than that of the last fiscal year, meaning property owners will see less on the bill.
The board approved the measure, as well as the certified tax rolls for both Houston and Trinity counties, at its regular meeting on Aug. 23.
Superintendent Don Hamilton said there will be very little change in the budget from last year as well.
ESSER grants helped keep budgeting needs low, which means the proposed tax rate is .9401 per $100 valuation, down from the current rate of .9664 per $100, he said. Hamilton said it will be about 6 cents per $100 less for property owners.
He also said that the money used to give raises would be offset by a decrease in staff due to positions not being filled.
In other business, the board:
•approved the district improvement plan for 2021-22;
•approved a notice of intent to file for additional ESSER funds;
•discussed continuing a federal policy of emergency sick leave, which ended recently, of granting 10 days of leave in COVID cases; and
•discussed the opening day of school, which showed that the district had 761 students enrolled, slightly above last year’s figure.