Chambers County ISDs to Receive $1 Million Each

By Gloria Roemer

 

 

Last Tuesday, in a regular meeting of Chambers County Commissioners Court, the Court approved payments to Anahuac, Barbers Hill, East Chambers, and Goose Creek Independent Districts for School Equalization Fund and tax abatement adjustments. The total amount of $4 Million will be divided equally among the four ISD’s over two years. Each ISD will receive $500,000 a year for the next two years. The $4 Million funds were earned from Chapter 381 abatements awarded by Chambers County to developers, industry, and other businesses who wish to locate in Chambers County. The Office of the County Judge released the following statement: “The following proposal has been developed: (1) Chambers County will utilize funds earned from Chapter 381 abatements to directly pay each school district in the County a total of $1 million over the next two years, and (2) all tax abatements thus forward will proceed with a 100 percent school equalization tax pilot. All members of the committee felt that this was a fair solution that provided school districts with an equal distribution of funds. Further, it provides a unique opportunity for districts who will have access to large amounts of funds and have sole discretion for determining their use, allowing for use in areas which the district have internally identified as a priority. All school districts have agreed to this proposal, and with the Court’s support, we will begin the process of setting up the initial payment.”

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