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TRINITY — Taxpayers will see about 6 cents decrease in property taxes based on the 2022-23 budget passed by the Trinity ISD.

Superintendent John Kaufman said the board approved budget expenditures $13,839,210, which is down $195,000 from last year due to strategic cuts made in certain areas. Revenues are projected to be $14,127,225, up $569,787 because of federal ESSER grants.

Kaufman said that there also are pay raises for all employees and increase overtime funds for custodial staff and bus drivers, and the budget still will be balanced.

The proposed tax rate for maintenance and operations is 0.9363, or 93.63 cents per $100 in property valuation. With a bond payment rate of 18.7 cents, a taxpayers total tax burden will be  $1.1180 per $100 valuation, which will be a 6 cent decrease from last year, Kaufman said.

Included in the budget are security items paid for with ESSER funds, some of which is mandated by the state, and others because the district wants to go above and beyond requirements, including adding enclosure fencing to keep children on campus and installing vape detectors.

In other business, the board:

•approved the student handbook;

•discussed state accountability rankings;

•discussed enrollment of 1,150, up 20 from last year, made up of 541 in elementary, 268 in middle school and 341 in high school; and

•approved the renewal of insurance, which went up by $40,000 (property insurance), due to high claims in the regional cooperative.

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