Austin school board to hold tax rate steady; other districts bound for rate increases

A handful of Central Texas school districts are raising their tax rates amid ongoing budget crises, largely because of state funding cuts to public education.  Among them are Hutto and Georgetown in Williamson County, which have had to cut positions, freeze salaries and, in Hutto, close a school. They have reached the maximum rates they can levy for operations without seeking voter approval. Hutto will hold its election Saturday on raising the operations rate by 13 cents to $1.17 per $100 in assessed property value. Georgetown officials called their election for Oct. 9.

Other area districts, including Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander and Lake Travis, have raised the portion of their tax rates designated for repaying debt, which does not need voter approval, as they sell off bonds or restructure debt.  In Pflugerville, trustees recently approved raising the tax rate for next year by 6 cents to $1.54 per $100 of assessed property value.

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