BASTROP, Texas (AP) - A Central Texas school district devastated by 2011 wildfires has recovered enough to lower its tax rate.
Rapid growth has more than made up for money lost by the Bastrop Independent School District. The district this fall knocked 2 cents off of its tax rate.
Wildfires that started Labor Day weekend 2011 destroyed nearly 1,700 homes and burned about 32,000 acres. The disaster also wiped out $1.7 million in property tax revenue for schools. Records show 138 students left the district, costing an additional $815,965 in funding for per-student attendance.
Superintendent Steve Murray says the school district now has 350 more students than before the fire. Projected enrollment this year is about 9,400 students.
- Updated Taylor County woman pleads guilty for injuring her children
- Updated Wanted: Former Abilene day care teacher among 4 being sought
- Lawmakers: Wells Fargo a 'criminal enterprise' like Enron
- Police: Woman, 64, seriously injured in Big Spring disturbance, man arrested
- Texas prison records show more than 330 transgender inmates
- Taylor County woman pleads guilty for injuring her children
- Abilene city manager proposes study of tiered water rates
- Man shot in arm during road rage incident near Abilene
- Man convicted of indecency with a child now arrested in Taylor County
- Abilene police find heroin in house, arrest 4 on drug charges
- Brownwood woman gets 20 years in prison for injuring child
- Brownwood City Council approves bid for sports complex additions
- Brownwood City Council unanimously passes new budget
- Brownwood murder suspect's lawyer asks for bond reduction, gag order
- Brown County cities see decline in sales tax revenues for July
- Sweetwater teacher accused of relationship with student resigns
- Bond reduced for Ranger man accused of murder
- Winters man one of 25 to receive prestigious Carnegie Hero medal
- Bangs students learn from Monday's presidential debate
- Brother of fallen Dyess airman killed week before 1st anniversary of plane crash