Trustees set Aug. 20 tax rate meeting


A five percent increase in property values will allow Quitman school district to fund its 2019 budget with a slight reduction in the tax rate.

Quitman school trustees voted last week to host a public meeting Aug. 20 to present the tax rate to the public. That meeting at the district’s board room begins at 6 p.m.

Cayla Mars, Quitman ISD director of finance, presented the proposed tax rate of $1.4294 per hundred dollars of property valuation. The total rate includes a rate of $1.17/$100 for maintenance and operations and $.2594/$100 for debt service.

The current tax rate is $1.43

The taxable value of all property within the district is now $611,586,187, up from the $578,935,152 that underwrote the 2017-18 budget.

Superintendent Rhonda Turner said the school board is charged with setting a tax rate each year to fund the school district’s budget.

The agenda for the August 20 tax rate hearing notes the final rate cannot exceed the proposed rate unless the district gives another notice with the new information and holds another public hearing.

Board members also approved the dates for the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System appraisal calendar. T-TESS is a group that sets up the training for teachers to set goals for their education plans, according to its website.

The calendar has events for Quitman educators throughout the academic year, such as new teacher orientation, conferences and goal setting meetings.