As the start of the school year inches closer, Abilene and Wylie ISD school boards are finalizing their 2012-2013 budgets.
Abilene ISD school board members discussed final details Monday night, including a possible increase in teacher salaries.
Even though it has yet to be approved, district officials said they are confident the budget can be balanced without significant cuts and without a higher tax rate.
AISD Superintendent Dr. Heath Burns said it marks the second year Abilene ISD will have balanced budget.
The board's discussion included a proposed 3 percent salary increase that would be applied to a target area of employees. Burns said personnel salaries make up about 85 percent of the proposed budget.
The board also moved forward with a proposed tax rate of $1.1527, which is slightly lower than last year's of $1.1599 for 2011-12.
AISD plans to adopt a final budget on Aug. 27. There will also be a public hearing that day to discuss the proposed tax rate.
Wylie Independent School district also met on Monday night. They are scheduled to adopt a budget and have a public hearing on Aug. 27.