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tax rate increase graphicBy Tony Farkas
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GROVETON — Groveton ISD gave its OK to a prospective budget on Aug. 22, on that will put the property tax rate at 0.8656 percent, or 86 cents per $100 property valuation.

Superintendent Jim Dillard said that while the proposed rate is slightly above this year’s rate of 0.8156 percent, it is still less that what was in place in the past.

Previous rates were just under a dollar — at 0.9664 and 0.9041. 

Overall, the district is looking at a budget of $9,038,242 projected budget amount for the 2022-23 fiscal year, which begins Sept. 1. For the current fiscal year, expenditures are $8,634,642 to date; however, certain costs have not yet been placed on the books, so that number should end up being similar to the next budget. 

Dillard said that in regard to the new budget, the impact of the school’s hybrid schedule, as well as current economic factors, remains to be seen.

As part of the budget process, the board also approved the certified tax rolls as submitted by the Trinity and Houston counties respective appraisal districts.

In other business, the board:

•approved property and casualty insurance through TASB risk management;

•approved extending emergency paid sick leave, which has been done since the COVID outbreak. Employees will be covered for 5 days; and

•updated the board about the beginning of school, including new safety measures.

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