The override, which allows the district to levy a secondary property tax to boost the district’s maintenance and operations budget by 15% over its state limit, passed with 64% of the vote in 2019. The district spent $12.01 million of override money in fiscal year 2020-21 on the five uses described on the ballot:
- $6.01 million on increasing teacher compensation;
- $601,000 on maintaining and improving elementary school special classes, like art or music;
- $2.4 million on maintaining average class sizes;
- $1.56 million to support gifted education, special education and all-day kindergarten; and
- $1.44 million to provide education resources to classrooms.
The voters in 2019 also approved, with more than 66% of the vote, reallocating the last $14.62 million of a 2013 bond to be spent on different uses than originally approved in 2013. In fiscal year 2020-21, the district spent $4.89 million from the bond on:
- $3.69 million to construct, remodel, renovate and improve school facilities;
- $216,000 on technology upgrades;
- $842,000 on pupil transportation; and
- $141,000 to construct, remodel, renovate and improve school facilities for the administration.
The district has a new $95 million question on the November ballot.
Annual financial report
The governing board unanimously approved the annual financial report for fiscal year 2020-21.
The report is required by state statute and is meant to disclose budgetary performance to the public, according to the state’s General Accounting Office. It includes general fund financial statements; a comparison of actual appropriations to expenditures; and statements of revenue, expenditures and changes in fund balances.
According to the report, HUSD spent $78.51 million in maintenance and operations funds, $6.8 million in classroom site funds and had $8.73 million in unrestricted capital outlay. The district’s ending fund balance for maintenance and operations was $27.11 million, up from $14.54 million at the beginning of the fiscal year; classroom site funds were at $2.94 million, down from $3.2 million; and unrestricted capital outlay was $10.41 million, down from $13.46 million.