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Midland ISD Faces A Multi-Million Dollar Budget Deficit

District leaders say they have four options to get out of the red, and Midland residents can vote on these options.
MIDLAND, TX (Local Big 2 News) -- Midland ISD faces a three million dollar deficit for the upcoming school year. District leaders say they have four options to get out of the red, and Midland residents can vote on these options.

"Right now my number's about $3.7 million," said MISD Superintendent Dr. Ryder Warren.

That is, $3.7 million in the red for Midland ISD.
The state plans on taking away millions of dollars from the district.

"Losing $32 million is a huge issue for us," said Warren.

That's why the district has come up with a few options, four possible paths the community can vote on to help solve this problem.

"I like asking the community through a election process," said Warren.

"It would erase the deficit this year and it would get us to the next legislative session," said Warren.

Other options include making cuts, dipping into emergency funds, or eliminating the homestead exemption.
But residents like Jeff Smith only see one clear path.

"Of the options they've proposed, the two cent tax increase would be the best option," said Smith.

Smith believes the other three choices would hurt the district.

"They certainly can't afford to get rid of staff right now, if anything probably need to add staff, because there's a lot more students," said Smith.

But Dr. Warren told me there might not just be one answer.

"It could be a combination of either, making cuts, using fund balance, making total cuts," said Warren.
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