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HISD Budget Basics: Your Guide to Understanding the Budget

Millions of public dollars pay for the educational services that HISD provides to Houston’s children. Along with that come countless policies, statutes, and regulations to ensure that we’re managing the money appropriately and responsibly. The budget is vital to the operation of our district, and for that reason, we think it’s important for you to know how we’re funded and how and where those funds are spent.
In 2014, HISD has earned the State Comptroller’s Platinum Leadership Circle award.The award recognizes local governments that go to great lengths to make their budget and financial information readily available and user friendly. For more information on the Texas State Comptroller’s office please visit
  •  Functional Summary

    2015-2016 Functional Summary

    Budget Summary for the General Operating, Food Services, and Debt Service funds For the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2016

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  • Tax Information

    Get up-to-date information on the HISD tax rate, locations of Harris County Tax office branches and basic information about HISD taxes.

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  • Adopted Budget/Budget Adoption Presentations

    Every year, school districts, by law, are required to adopt a fiscal budget for the General Fund, Debt Service Fund and Food Services fund. This adopted budget is submitted to the Board of Education and the Board may adopt or amend it. The budget must be adopted before funds can be spent for the upcoming fiscal year. See the current year’s adopted budget.

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  • Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)

    The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is the official report for government agencies and includes combined statements of revenues, expenditures, and changes in the financial position.

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  • Debt Service Information

    Includes the district’s Debt Summary, Debt Service to Maturity, and Municipal Advisor Exemption Disclosure notice.

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  • HISD Check Register

    The online check register allows taxpayers to see exactly how the district spends their money by viewing a registry of any check HISD has written for any product or service in the last two years.

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  • Supplemental Payment Register

    The supplemental payment register contains payments made utilizing various forms of electronic fund transfers along with aggregate total of payments which may contain personal data.

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  • School Resource Allocation Handbook

    The School Resource Allocation Handbook provides information on decentralization, how schools are funded, sample funding sheet, budget timelines, frequently asked questions, and position management information.

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  • Budgeting & Financial Planning Webpage

    Need more information? Check out the Office of Budgeting and Financial Planning website for more detailed information about the Houston ISD budget process.

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  • Elected Officials Representing HISD

    Find names and email addresses of state, city and county officials. Or use the Find My Legislator tool to see who represents you.

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