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					April 18, 2006


TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:

SUBJECT: Changes to Mileage Reimbursement Rates Applicable to State and Federal Grants from the
         Texas Education Agency


Mileage reimbursement rates (in-state and out-of-state) for fiscal year 2006 applicable to all state and
federal grants from the Texas Education Agency are as follows:
     a.    September 1 – 30, 2005: 40.5 cents per mile or local policy, whichever is less
     b.    October 1, 2005 – December 31, 2005: 48.5 cents per mile or local policy, whichever is less
     c.    January 1, 2006 through present: 44.5 cents per mile or local policy, whichever is less

Lodging and meal reimbursement rates for in-state travel remain as follows for September 1, 2005
through present:
     a.    actual costs for lodging, not to exceed $85/day (not including tax), or local policy, whichever
           is less
     b.    actual costs for meals not to exceed $36/day, or local policy, whichever is less

School districts are usually exempt from Texas state sales tax on lodging but are not exempt from any
city taxes or other taxes imposed for lodging. Employees may be reimbursed for applicable taxes.

An employee may not be reimbursed for meal expenses if the employee is outside the employee's
designated headquarters for fewer than six consecutive hours on the day the expenses are incurred.

Lodging and meal reimbursement rates for out-of-state travel remain as:
    a.   lowest available airfare
    b.   actual cost of lodging and meals not to exceed maximum allowable federal government rates
         for the locale, or local policy, whichever is less

Out-of-State Meal and Lodging Rates are available on the Texas State Comptroller’s website at:
http://www.window.state.tx.us/comptrol/san/fm1.html.
1. Select “State of Texas Travel Information” under the “Travel” heading
2. Select “Out-of-State Meal and Lodging Rates” under the “Resources” heading
3. Select “Domestic Maximum Per Diem Rates”
4. Select the state to which you will be traveling and then locate the city

Travel allowances for in-state and out-of-state travel, where the traveler receives the per diem for
lodging and/or meals, regardless of the actual amount expended, are not allowable in Texas. Grantees
must adhere to the guidelines stated above in lieu of a travel allowance.

				
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