By Chuck Davidson
CHESTER – On Monday night, August 28, only one voter turned up to hear about the proposed tax rate and budget for Chester ISD. Board President Wade Read called the meeting to order at 6 p.m. with four trustees, three district employees, and one community member present.
Chester ISD Superintendent Paul Drake gave a quick overview and business manager Austin Odom presented the details for both issues. The proposed tax rate is $1.0573 per $100 valuation, up from the current $0.9427; due to the passage of the $5.195 million bond.
The balanced budget proposed for the 2023-24 school year is $3, 125,256, up from $3, 026, 893. Community member Chuck Davidson stated his support for both issues and the meeting ended at 6:25.
The special meeting of the board then convened at 6:26 with consideration of several 2022-23 budget amendments, discussion, and then approval. The board then approved as proposed the new school year 2023-24 proposed budget and the adoption of the proposed 2023-24 tax rate. An amendment to the superintendent’s contract was also approved and the board then adjourned at 6:31pm. The next regular meeting is set for Monday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m.