Philosophy of Taxation & Spending

  • By Grant Anderson, Associate Superintendent & Chief Financial Officer 

    Community Investment
    Little Elm Independent School District’s local community directly benefits from high quality education and less taxation. School taxation is an investment by the community into our schools with far greater returns than can be measured.  This is clearly realized by observing the value education adds to each student, family, and the community, now and in the future.  Public school taxation is a local education agency tax unlike all other non-local government taxes. It directly benefits the local community and great schools mean great communities. 

    Fair and Community-Focused Taxation
    A community-focused tax rate with LEISD’s administration and Board of Trustees is set at a fair level in order to meet the educational needs of each student.  The district will consider every possible option impacting the community’s tax rate prior to proposing a tax adjustment to the Board of Trustees while maintaining excellent programs, support, and educational opportunities for students, staff and families.

    Fair taxation to educate students is derived from fiscally sound spending goals and strategies.  These spending strategies are developed to maximize the community’s investment and meet the educational needs of each student. 

    District Spending
    LEISD’s budgeting and spending strategies are implemented with fidelity to ensure every tax dollar is responsibly spent to maximize the community’s investment.  As stewards of taxpayer’s funds, LEISD has established fiscal controls to avoid wasteful spending and prematurely committing to programs and projects that may unnecessarily force higher taxes or potential fiscal instability.  These spending controls help maintain a sound financial position as our district prepares for increased student enrollment; facility needs, and changes in education.