Board of Trustees votes to reduce tax rate

By Gail M. Williams
Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

The regular meeting of the MISD Board of Trustees was held Monday, June 11. Board members attending were Kurt Miller, Ashley Turnbow, Kelley Kettner, Sergio Leal and Carroll Precure. Vice President Leal presided over the meeting in President Curtis Preston’s absence.
The board voted to unanimously to reduce taxes. The previous tax rate was $1.17 for Maintenance and Operations and $.18 for Interest and Sinking (Bond Issue for Capital Outlay). The board and Business Manager Lisa Whalin examined the budget and decided this was an opportunity to give back to the community for its support. The Tax Swap voted by the community two years ago has been productive and will allow the board to reduce taxes.
“The board voted to set the tax rate to $1.17 for Maintenance and Operations and reduce the rate to $.17 for Interest and Sinking,” said Superintendent Dr. R.L. Richards. “Though the rate was reduced by just a penny, it should affect all taxpayers in a positive way.”
The School Board wants to thank the community for its support and help for Muleshoe’s students. Lowering the tax rate is another big step in proving that “Good Communities Build Better Schools!”
The United States Department of Agriculture requires the school district to increase lunch prices each year. Lunch prices were determined at: Breakfast, free for everyone; Elementary Students, $1.90; Secondary Students, $2.10; Adult Lunch, $3.05; and Adult Breakfast, $1.55.
Student and school safety was discussed. Muleshoe ISD will continue with the Guardian program. Staff members, teachers and administrators are being vetted to determine which employees will become Guardians. Signs will be placed in front of the campuses to deter any difficult situations.
In other business:
Minutes of the previous meeting were approved.
The board accepted the resignation of Dan Greathouse, who resigned to go back to Portales.

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