What’s this all about?

We ran across a document from Texas Senator Jose Rodriquez to the El Paso Independent School District.    The title was ” Questions for EPISD on Budget Situation and Solutions”

Question 15 read:

Looking at EPISD’s reported budget data on TEA’s website, it appears that EPISD is consistently over budget every year by about $100 million in Total Receipts.

  • For FY 2012-13, the total receipts were budgeted at $541,595,092 but the actual total receipts were $670,657,427, which is a difference of $129,062,335.
  • Similarly, for FY 2012-12, the budgeted total receipts were $528,456,553 but the actual total receipts were $616,506,378, which is a difference of $88,049,825.
  • For FY 2010-11, the difference was $98,595,347.
  • For FY 2009-10, the difference was $102,006,209.
  • For FY 2008-09, the difference was $322,965,600.
  • For FY 2007-08, the difference was $84,797,022.
  • For FY 2006-07, the difference was $163,417,897.
  • For FY 2005-06, the difference was $83,224,294.

These figures give the impression that EPISD has consistently underestimated the budget on average by 20 to 25 percent.  Please explain the differences, including where the funds might be coming from, what EPISD plans to do to address this issue, and whether this is typical for school Districts of this size.

EPISD’s answer was:

EPISD is confirming and researching the information provided in the question and will provide a response later this week.

Maybe somebody familiar with the EPISD budget process and how the TEA gets their numbers can explain this to us.

We deserve better



6 Responses to What’s this all about?

  1. Deputy Dawg says:

    I am no accountant…but couldn’t some of those be accounted for for things that are long term or multi-year payments? For instance, I BUDGET to pay my mortage each month of the year (so I BUDGET one amount) but my actual mortgage is much more, and would show up as an over-budgeted item? Just wondering.


  2. mamboman3 says:

    Looks like some prior number crunchers for EPISD went to the same accounting school that Carmen did.


  3. I think you’ll find this to be very common in all school districts. I worked a couple of years for YISD, and my worked many years in YISD, ClintISD, and DallasISD, and she recalls the same thing. At the end of every school year, there is a scramble to spend the money left in the individual campus budget – every year. That is one reason so many unused equipment and just plain crap is lying around any given campus at any given time.


    • Helen Marshall says:

      Same thing in the USG…every September we spent wildly, as it was understood if you did not spend all the funds one year your budget would be slashed in the next.


      • Jerry Kurtyka says:

        Ditto in the City that caused a traffic jam in Purchasing every July and August. There is no incentive in government to save money because there is no construct called “profit” to provide the incentive.


    • Reality Checker says:

      So the people running the individual campuses are just as irresponsible as the central office administrators.


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