COPPERAS COVE — In a unanimous vote Thursday night, Copperas Cove Independent School District board members passed the budget for the new school year, cutting expenses across the district.
The property tax rate was unchanged at $1.217 per $100 of assessed valuation, with $1.040 per $100 of assessed valuation for maintenance and operations and 17.7 cents per $100 of assessed valuation for debt service.
“We’re pleased to present a budget that is balanced with no increase in property tax,” said Glenn Graham, executive director of business services. “When word got out that we needed to cut expenditures to reach a balanced budget, everyone came together to make it happen.”
The approved budget includes total expenditures of $78.1 million, compared to $82.2 million last year.
Cove ISD Superintendent Joe Burns commended staff for eliminating unnecessary spending.
“We asked (staff) for a 5 percent cut across the board, but some even were able to go to 9 percent,” Burns said. “Our folks were very gracious in coming to the table.”