AISD trustees will have another opportunity to hear from the public on the 2012-13 district budget tonight.
Since a preliminary $838.4 million budget was originally presented in February, the district has added funding for starting a new Spanish-language radio show on commercial radio and expanding translation services within the district to include more languages. The projected budget also includes a one-time three percent pay raise for all teachers who haven't had a raise in two years.
District officials said in order to cover a nearly $30 million shortfall between revenue and expenditures, they either need to pull $30 million from reserves or ask for a tax increase.
Any type of tax increase would have to be approved by voters in November. AISD currently has the second lowest tax rate in Central Texas.
The public hearing gets underway tonight at 6:30pm at AISD Headquarters, 1111 West Sixth Street.