CROSBY – No matter what opinion concerning COVID-19 one harbors, making rules and predicting how things will be six months from now is impossible under current conditions.
Crosby ISD held their annual public hearing on the budget last Monday. Under normal conditions it is a tight budget reflecting dramatic growth, new specifications from the state, new taxing legislation from House Bill 3, and the slight over tax (taxed more money than budgeted for due to growth) from last year. In this case, the meeting was held under partially virtual, partially live circumstance concerning projections from last year before the COVID-19 outbreak and as if next year values and projections will remain constant.
Will values change? Will mortgages remain constant and residents not default? Will building continue? These are uncertain times.
Superintendent Scott Davis reported on the amount of guess work necessary to prepare for the next school year.
“Someone said that getting the school ready for next year is like walking through a mine field; it isn’t. It’s like a lava field, where the mine field is mild,” he said.
The Superintendent did predict that requiring wearing masks would almost certainly be required. Davis indicated that his top priority is the health of students.