At Harlingen schools, students, expenses increase

HARLINGEN — The school district’s tax rate this year won’t change.

It will remain at $1.31 per $100 of property value.

Maintaining a set tax rate requires some vigorous examination of the district’s finances, its needs, its expenses, its debts. There are a myriad of factors to consider.

The first, of course, is the students. The number of students in Harlingen schools has grown slowly but steadily during the past five years, prompting an increase in revenues and expenditures for the district.

More schools, Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy and the Harlingen School for Health professions, have spread across the district recently. Needless to say, more teachers and administrators have been hired to meet the increased demand at those schools.

The district’s budget has increased about $38 million in the past five years. These numbers also reflect the district’s revenue from local, state and federal sources.

“Student enrollment has increased about 400 new students in the past five years,” said Julio Cavazos, chief financial officer.

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By The Numbers

Revenues:

2012 – 2013

$173,861,685

2016 – 2017

$210,281,513

Instruction Expenses:

2012 – 2013

$89,386,814

2016-2017

$102,178,890

School

leadership:

2012 – 2013

$9,242,029

2016-2017

$11,363,395