The Comal ISD board of trustees adopted a budget for fiscal year 2024-25 at a public meeting on June 27.

In a nutshell

The $450.7 million budget covers the general fund, debt service fund and child nutrition fund, as outlined by CISD Chief Financial Officer Glenn Graham.

Graham said this budget reflects investments in:
  • Academic success
  • Safety
  • Employee retention
The budget also includes:However, the district is facing a shortfall in each of its primary funds, Graham said.

A closer look

The primary sources of revenue for CISD’s general fund are property taxes, state aid and federal aid.

The proposed tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year is $1.0869 per $100 valuation, with the maintenance and operations tax rate at $0.7369, and the debt service tax rate at $0.35.

The budget was crafted under the assumption of an enrollment of 30,235 students and an average daily attendance of 27,907 students. Property values are projected to increase by 8.1%, with a 98.2% collection rate.

The breakdown

Here is a detailed breakdown of the proposed revenues and expenditures for the general fund:

Here is a detailed breakdown of the debt service fund and child nutrition fund:

What else?

The proposed budget includes significant investments in staffing and compensation:
  • $8.06 million in staffing requests
  • $7.45 million in compensation requests, including a 3% overall salary increase
Despite the projected shortfalls, the district aims to address growth, and maintain quality education and services, Graham said.

What they are saying

“This is probably, in my experience, the most difficult budget season,” CISD board President Russ Garner said.

Garner expressed disappointment, noting state legislators prioritized diverting taxpayer dollars to private schools instead of adequately funding public education.

"I'm very displeased with state legislation," CISD board member Amanda Jones said. "I hope that [state legislators] are watching, not only [CISD], but all across the state of Texas."