Austin’s proposed electric rate increase could hit area school districts hard
Energy costs in the Austin district, which relies on the city-owned utility to provide about 95 percent of its electrical power, could rise by as much as $3.5 million, or about 25 percent, a year.
“That’s 60 teachers,” Austin school board President Mark Williams said Wednesday, doing a quick calculation based on the average teacher salary and benefits. “We are in a fixed-revenue situation where we can’t raise taxes without voter approval and we are already operating at a deficit.
Troubling times for local school districts. This is just another brick on an already heavy load.