by Aman Batheja, The Texas Tribune Aug. 27, 2014 Eight years ago, officials with the city of Jarrell decided their small community north of Austin needed a new wastewater system. They expected an influx of new residents and businesses to support some debt to pay for the project. “That was about the time the market…Details
May 13, 2014 4:43 PM Fast-growth school leaders say Combs isn’t telling the whole story on transparency Combs says she’s promoting accurate information for voters; School districts argue she is over-simplifying School district leaders in some of the most rapidly growing parts of Texas say the efforts of outgoing Texas Comptroller Susan Combs to…Details
*Special thanks to our friends at TASBO for allowing us to repost their helpful information about facilities costs and the state’s deferment of responsibility to the local taxpayers. This article presents insights on state policy makers’ apparent expectations of greater support from local taxpayers in passing local bond referendums to fund additional instructional campuses. As…Details
Fast Growth School Coalition Releases Report on School Facilities Costs AUSTIN, May 7, 2014 – The Fast Growth School Coalition released a school facilities report entitled, “Texas Schools Aren’t Average” which is in response to information that has been disseminated by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. While the Comptroller’s information averages the cost and…Details
Members of the Fast Growth School Coalition participated in invited testimony for a Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee interim hearing on April 17, 2014. Speakers included Mike Ball, CFO for Rockwall ISD and James Schiele, CFO for Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD. Our testimony is posted below.
On Thursday, September 19, 2013, the State Board of Education Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund met to discuss (among other things) capital appreciation bonds. TEA staff gave a helpful overview regarding school district bond debt which can be found here: TPSF Bond Guarantee_final for SBOE_09_19_2013. Several Leander ISD representatives were in attendance including Leander…Details
The 2014 FGSC Legislative Conference will be held on April 10-11 in San Antonio. Location TBD. We like to keep our gatherings short, sweet, and to the point. The general schedule in the past has been: Day 1: 6:00 pm Reception 7:00 pm Dinner and Meeting Day 2: 7:30 am Coffee 8:00 am Breakfast and…Details
FGSC is proud to announce our 2013 Legislative Conference which will be held March 26-27, 2013 at the Mansion at Judges’ Hill.