Our mission is to support Spring ISD and our community. One way we can achieve this is providing transparency through accounting, accounts payable, budget, business systems, cash management and payroll. Financial transparency is an ongoing goal for Spring ISD.
Financial - to record and report useful and timely accounting information regarding the District’s financial transactions in order to provide relevant information useful for evaluating the managerial and organizational performance.
Transparency is a broad term that quite literally means something that can be seen through. So when we speak of transparency in terms of government spending, we are referring to the government opening its books to the public so that taxpayers can see exactly where their money is going. Transparency ensures that your taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently by making all decisions in the open and on the record. The transparency means that citizens can review and question policymakers decision, root out inefficiencies and hold officials accountable for the way tax dollars are spent.
Where Does Our Money Come From?
Local sources of revenue generated 41.89% of all sources of revenue and increased by 6.78% over the previous Fiscal Year. The increase in local sources was a result of increased property tax collections due to an increase in assessed values in the district. Local revenues include property taxes, earnings on investments, and tuition and fees; nearly all of local revenues come from the collection of property taxes – what you, as a citizen, pay for educating our students.
State sources of revenue that support the general fund are the most significant for the district, representing 55.74% of all available sources of funding. State revenues decreased by 0.33% from the previous Fiscal Year. The decrease in state revenues is due to lower student enrollment and average daily attendance both of which impacts state aid received from the foundation school program.
Revenues received from federal sources constitute 2.37% of total revenues. Fiscal Year 2018 federal revenues experienced a 13.37% increase over the prior year. Most federal revenues received are reimbursements through Medicaid for certain health related services. The increase is due to an increase in the percent of expenditures eligible for Medicaid reimbursements.
The official adopted budget provides estimated revenues and approved expenditures and a narrative describing major budget priorities and decisions. The budget serves as the financial plan for Spring ISD. The budget process starts during the fall semester and is approved by the Board of Trustees in May/June of the next year.
A review update of anticipated revenues and expenditures since the original budget was approved.
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) - The CAFR provides a thorough and detailed presentation of Spring ISD's financial condition and is presented in three sections; Introductory Section, Financial Section and Statistical Section.
Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) - The PAFR is a brief summary of the District’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This report is intended to increase public awareness throughout the community about Spring ISD’s financial condition by presenting the financial information in a way that is more understandable to parents, students, community members, taxpayers, and other interested parties. Unlike the CAFR, the PAFR is not prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
A check register allows taxpayers to see exactly how the district spends their money by viewing a registry of any check SISD has written for any product or service.
Spring ISD Schedule of Tax Rates
|Year||Total Tax Rate||General Fund*||Debt Service Fund*|
* The basis for property tax rates is per $100 assessed valuation.
Spring ISD Schedule of Exemptions
|Disability State Homestead||$10,000|
|Veterans Disability||Determined by % of disability|
|Over 65 State Homestead||$10,000|
|Over 65 Local Homestead||$20,000|
A summary on outstanding debt service obligations that includes current debt obligations, descriptions, dates issued, total amounts, and maturity dates.
The reports reflect the investment objectives and guidelines expressed in the District’s Investment Policy and relevant provisions of Chapter 2256 of the Government Code.
In November 2016, voters approved a $330 million bond to address longstanding facility, technology and safety and security needs of Spring Independent School District. The five-year bond project kicked off immediately and work across the district will continue through 2021.Bond Election Pledge
A pledge signed by the superintendent pledging to post information about proposed bond packages and existing debt.
2017-18 Financial Summary
General Fund, Child Nutrition, Debt Service Fund, Special Revenue and Capital Projects
|REVENUES||ACTIVITIES||% OF TOTAL||PER STUDENT|
|Tuition and fees||135,892||0.0%||4|
|Earnings on investments||4,429,999||1.0%||135|
|Total State Revenue||179,467,184||41.7%||5,463|
|Total Federal Revenues||54,432,854||12.7%||1,657|
|EXPENDITURES||ACTIVITIES||% OF TOTAL||PER STUDENT|
|Instructional resources and media services||2,518,337||0.6%||77|
|Curriculum and staff development||6,357,513||1.4%||194|
|Guidance and couseling services||12,980,559||2.8%||395|
|Social work services||387,586||0.1%||12|
|Student (pupil) transportation||23,081,943||5.1%||703|
|Child nutrition services||22,746,701||5.0%||692|
|Plant maintenance and operations||27,522,222||6.0%||838|
|Security and monitoring services||6,270,488||1.4%||191|
|Total Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Positions||4,948|
How Is The Money Spent?
Costs of $263,348,699 include the gross salaries or wages and benefit costs for employee services.
Professional and Contracted Services
Costs of $20,471,442 were used for services rendered to the school district by firms, individuals, utility companies, and/or other organizations.
Supplies and Materials
Amounted to $10,322,266; these include textbooks, testing materials, fuel to transport children, and other general supplies and materials.
Costs of $47,390 was for principal and interest payments related to a capital lease obligation.
Capital outlay of $799,395 was spent on building acquisition, building improvements, buses and vehicles, furniture, and other equipment.
Other Operating Costs
Costs of $4,646,698 include student and staff travel fees, and property insurance.
Figures based on the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2018. (Popular Annual Financial Report)
About This Page
Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle
Spring ISD has been awarded the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle Platinum designation for excellence in online financial transparency. The platinum designation represents the highest level awarded.
Learn more about the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts' Transparency Stars program here.
Awards and Recognitions
- Certificate of Achievement and Excellence in Financial Reporting (Government Finance Officers Association - GFOA) 2016
- Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting (Association of School Business Officials- ASBO) 2016
Public Information Requests
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