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