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EISD budget hearing set for tonight

With tonight’s hearing on the Ennis Independent School District’s 2010 budget representing the public’s opportunity to make the administration of the district aware of their thoughts, we’d encourage people to make efforts to be present and speak their minds.
This is, of course, a yearly event in the operation of the local district. Its taxing authority makes it a particularly important operation. It touches more than just the lives of the students, teachers and parents involved in the day-to-day business of teaching the next generation of adults the fundamental skills required to learn and succeed.

By levying property taxes on the residents of the city, the district reaches into the lives of even those who have no children or are otherwise unaffected by the district’s daily operations. That puts the activities of the entity’s budget-setting process and the possibility of tax increases into a public interest area that is unique to school districts in that sense.

This year, the district plans a boost in order to maintain revenue levels that were higher under higher property values. Reassessments have dropped values across the county, the district maintains that the need for an increase is considerable in order to meet scheduled payments on the debt we have. That debt, generated by the spurt of building that has sprouted new facilities around the city, is not a laughing matter or a condition to be dismissed — it represents a burden we will support for decades to come.

We must maintain a scheduled process in order to pay debt down logically and efficiently, so the district’s increase in tax rate is an effort that we must consider before we pass final judgments.

As the budget steps toward approval at tonight’s meeting, we think it important for taxpayers to make a show at the meeting and hear what the district has to say about its finances moving forward.

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