As the 2022-23 school year approaches its end, school districts are holding budget workshops to prepare for the upcoming 2023-24 school year.

The Judson ISD board of trustees April 18 held a budget workshop for the 2023-24 budget.

Chief Innovation Officer Cecilia Davis gave a presentation on the state of the budget that was approved for the 2022-23 year.

In the general fund budget for 2022-23, the board approved a revenue of $233.87 million and expenditures of $263.51 million.

As of March 31, the year-to-date revenue was 78% of the budgeted amount, and the expenditures were 66% of the budgeted amount.

Davis said assumptions for the 2023-24 budget include a projected average daily attendance of 22,231 students, an estimated taxable value of around $16 billion and an estimated tax collection of 98%.

With these assumptions, the proposed revenue for the new budget is $239.5 million, and the proposed expenditures are $250.29 million.

Davis said the budget assumptions are subject to change due to decisions made at the Texas legislative session, which will be completed in May.

In the proposed budget, a 1% raise on the midpoint for employees is included with incentives. Davis said the Legislature could come back with a requirement for a larger percent increase for employees, which the district has created scenarios for.

“The budget is proposed on a 1% increase,” Davis said. “Then, we are sharing scenarios of a 2% increase and a 3% increase plus incentives.”

Trustees agreed on a desire to look at compensation within the district and address employee concerns to help with retention.

Chief Communications Officer Nicole Taguinod said surveys regarding employee concerns were sent to teachers after spring break, and a staff survey was sent out earlier in April.

District staff will give presentations to the board of trustees regarding employee feedback and what employees desire in the workplace.

Budget workshops will continue to be held through June, and the budget is anticipated to be adopted June 22. The tax rate for the new budget will be set in August and adopted in September.