On Wednesday, Klein ISD Superintendent Bret Champion told district staff and families the district will spend the next two months trimming $30.2 million from the 2018-19 budget in light of the unsuccessful Tax Ratification Election on June 16. KISD had asked voters to approve a 9 cent tax rate increase to bolster its reserves, support existing programs and provide additional security features. About 55 percent of voters opposed the measure, sending the board back to discussions on how to make necessary cuts. view article arw

Klein ISD voters came out against the Tax Ratification Election on Saturday that would have raised the district tax rate by 9 cents to $1.52 per $100 valuation. A total of 4,136, or 45 percent of voters, voted in favor of the measure, and 5,063 or 55 percent of voters, opposed it. A total of 9,119 voters, or 6.1 percent of those registered in the district, participated in the election. All votes are unofficial until canvassed. view article arw

As school districts work to finalize their budgets ahead of the 2018-2019 fiscal year, Klein ISD officials now must figure out how to cut an additional $22.2 million in spending after voters on Saturday rejected a plan to raise property taxes.Klein ISD had proposed raising it's maintenance and operations tax rate from $1.04 per $100 assessed value to $1.13. For a home valued at $200,000 with a $25,000 state homestead exemption, the tax increase would have amounted to about $13.13 more each month. view article arw

SAN ANTONIO – Are you upset about your property tax bill? The chief of appraiser of Bexar County says, so is he.  Mike Amezquita is now speaking out about why your property taxes keep going up.  He says about 16% of your tax bill goes to the city and county, while the state takes about 55% to pay for public schools. view article arw

FORNEY, Texas — With action taken by the Forney Independent School District Board of Trustees earlier this week, the City of Forney joins the rank of Triple Freeport communities competing for new economic opportunities and commercial businesses. view article arw

While members of the Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees agree that a tax increase is needed, they declined to take any action during a special meeting Friday in favor of taking more time to engage the community and explain the need for it. The district’s tax rate is a total of $1.15 per $100 valuation, including $1.04 per $100 valuation for maintenance and operations and 11 cents going toward debt. view article arw

The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees will meet at 8 a.m. Friday in the first floor board room of the administration building, 802 S. Sam Houston Ave., to consider approval of a higher tax rate. view article arw

A public meeting to discuss the Dripping Springs ISD 2018-19 budget and proposed tax rate will be held at the June 25 Board of Trustees meeting. The budget and tax rate public meeting will be the first item on the agenda, beginning at 6:00 p.m. DSISD Board meetings are held in the Board Room at the Administration Building, 510 W. Mercer St. A complete overview of the proposed budget previously was shared with the Board at a budget workshop in May.  An overview is available on the Dripping Springs ISD website (www.dsisdtx.us/budget). The fiscal year begins July 1, 2018.  view article arw

The 2018 Tax Information Survey (TIS) opened for data submission June 1, 2018, and will close at midnight on August 31, 2018. If your district does not submit the survey by the deadline, your district’s state funding could be adversely affected. Please ensure that your district has completed and submitted the TIS using the online FSP System by August 31, 2018. Completing the survey is important because it allows the agency to use the most accurate tax collections data possible when we calculate 2017–2018 near-final Summary of Finances (SOF) estimates in September 2018. Your district will not have another opportunity to submit revised tax collections data for the 2017–2018 school year until the district submits its J1 schedule as part of its annual financial and compliance report. The J1 schedule tax collections will not be incorporated in the 2017–2018 SOF until April 2019. Compressed tax rates for districts that have adopted tax rates more than six pennies over their original compressed tax rate will be automatically adjusted. view article arw

It’s like moving your money from one bank account to one that earns more interest. That’s how Floresville Independent School District Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations William “Bill” Atkins described the concept behind a plan to raise the district’s property-tax rate for maintenance and operations while lowering the property-tax rate to pay off its debts. view article arw

The board of trustees for the McAllen school district voted Monday afternoon to move forward with a special tax ratification election Sept. 8. The election received a unanimous vote from a full quorum to put the notion of maintaining a $1.155 tax rate but moving 11.5 pennies to the maintenance and operations side before area voters. view article arw

Budget priorities for a tax ratification election and options for Ector County Independent School District’s overcrowded high schools were discussed at a Bond Advisory Committee meeting. Superintendent Tom Crowe also gave an impassioned statement defending the progress his administrators, principals and teachers have made during his five-year tenure. Crowe has announced he is retiring in December. The district’s current total tax rate is $1.15 per $100 valuation. If the TRE passes it would be $1.22975 per $100 valuation. view article arw

The board of trustees at McAllen school district voted Monday afternoon to move forward with a special Tax Ratification Election on Sept. 8. The election received a unanimous vote from a full quorum to put the notion of maintaining a $1.155 tax rate but ratifying the maintenance and operations rate before area voters to yield more state funding. view article arw

On June 16, voters in Klein ISD will decide through a Tax Ratification Election whether to increase the district’s maintenance and operations tax rate by 9 cents per $100 of assessed property value, from $1.04 to $1.13. The state requires voter approval for a M&O tax rate above $1.04. Property owners who reside in the district receive a tax bill based in part on this rate. The current total tax rate in KISD is $1.43 view article arw

Klein ISD has joined more than 500 Texas school districts that have called Tax Ratification Elections since 2006 to raise their property tax rates to help accommodate enrollment growth without incurring significant layoffs. The election, scheduled for June 16, calls for a 9 cent tax rate increase that would raise the maintenance and operations portion of the district’s tax rate above the $1.04 permitted by state law. It would increase the overall KISD tax rate to $1.52 per $100 valuation. view article arw

South San ISD informed Thursday that the board's vote regarding the tax ratification election to address the district's million-dollar deficit is null and void. Four of six trustees voted Thursday evening, adopting the new tax rate for the next school year, but as it turns out, state law requires at least 60 percent majority, which means that a minimum of 5 trustees needed to vote in favor of. view article arw

Tatum ISD trustees Monday will consider a request for two Lake Cherokee properties to be annexed into their district from Kilgore ISD. view article arw

From yesterday!  SAN ANTONIO -- South San ISD board members passed what's called a Tax Ratification Election, or TRE during their board meeting. The school district looking at raising the rate up 10 cents.  District leaders estimate an enrollment loss of at least 700 students over the next two school years.  The proposals also calls for the elimination of about 20 staff positions.  This is the first time the board has considered a TRE. The superintendent said several factors led them to this consideration. view article arw

A day after trustees for South San Antonio Independent School District voted to hold a tax ratification election this year, the district administration said the measure hadn’t passed with the legally required number of votes to take effect. At a special meeting Wednesday, trustees voted 4-2 to ask voters to authorize increasing South San’s tax rate by 13 cents per $100 property value to address its $6.4 million budget shortfall. But a legal review found the action had fallen short of the 60 percent support of the full board required by state law, the district said Thursday. view article arw

Preliminary tax values are in, and the numbers are still trending positive across the county. Released by the Wise County Appraisal District last week, the preliminary total tax values for every entity across the county increased from last year’s values. Chief Appraiser Mickey Hand said the preliminary values are more accurate than the preliminary estimates, which were made public last month. The preliminary values show greater increases than the preliminary estimates. Of every local entity, the city of New Fairview is expected to see the greatest increase in tax values, up 39 percent from 2017 to $144,727,024. view article arw

Board trustees for the South San Antonio Independent School District are slated to vote Wednesday evening on a proposal to raise the property tax rate from $1.04 to $1.17. District officials have recommended the tax increase to offset a $6.45 million budget deficit. view article arw

CEDAR HILL—The Cedar Hill Independent School District Board of Trustees is considering a Penny Swap/Tax Ratification this fall.  If voters approve Cedar Hill homeowners will see a decrease if property taxes. The measure also affords Cedar Hill ISD more flexibility in spending on security, curriculum and technology. Jamie Brown, public information officer, says the district may put the issue before residents on the September ballot. But first school board trustees must review tax rolls this month. view article arw

Early voting continues this week in Klein ISD for a tax ratification election, and Spring ISD is gearing up for graduation exercises Saturday. Here is what residents of Spring and Klein need to know during the week of June 4. view article arw

The state has come calling, and Lewisville ISD is looking for different ways to address a projected budget deficit of $20.6 million in the 2018-19 school year and more than twice that the year after. Based on a three-year budget outlook, LISD is expected to send $37.4 million to the state in the next fiscal year in recapture payments. view article arw

The Klein Independent School District has recognized for a while now that more funding would be necessary to keep up its services.And, now the time is right to adopt a higher tax rate, chief financial officer Daniel Schaefer said.  The district originally considered an election for a higher tax rate in the 2016-17 school year, to coincide with the opening of Klein Cain High School. view article arw

Nearly 3 in 4 of Austin voters blame the state, and not the school district, for driving up their property taxes, according to a poll commissioned by a political action committee pushing for a November school bond.  That sentiment could play to the district’s favor as it seeks more than $1 billion in a November bond package that would fund new schools, rebuild campuses and make hundreds of others improveme view article arw

Early voting in the Klein ISD tax ratification electionbegins this week. Voters will decide whether to approve a 9 cent increase to the maintenance and operations tax rate above the $1.04 per $100 valuation. Voting begins this week from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on May 30, May 31 and June 1 at the following locations: Klein ISD Multipurpose Center, 7500 FM 2920, Spring; Klein Forest High School, 11400 Misty Valley, Houston; view article arw

McALLEN — School district trustees and top officials met with the local citizens league Thursday to cover the upcoming Tax Ratification Election proposal that will more than likely be put before the board next month.  The lunch meeting at the McAllen Salvation Army was one of many similar presentations planned before the board’s vote to clarify what this election is about.  “We are here not asking for new money,” McAllen school district Superintendent Jose Gonzalez said. “We are asking to continue operating the way we have been operating over the last two years by swapping pennies.”  If approved by the board, the election, known as TRE, will ask voters to allow the district to take all 11.5 pennies from the Interest and Sinking fund, known as I&S, and move these to the Maintenance and Operations side, or M&O. view article arw

At the end of last summer’s special legislative session, an angry Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick vowed that the Texas House members who blocked his agenda — especially the so-called bathroom bill and a measure restricting property tax increases — “are going to have to explain that to the voters.”But in Tuesday’s runoff elections and in the March 6 primary, GOP voters overwhelmingly rejected candidates aligning themselves with the agenda Patrick pushed in the state Senate, which he leads, and instead chose business-backed centrist Republicans associated with retiring House Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio. view article arw

The Plano ISD school board will adopt the 2018-19 budget and tax rate at its June 12 meeting. Tuesday night, Chief Financial Officer Randy McDowell gave trustees a quick overview on PISD’s proposed tax rate and how it’s impacted by Robin Hood, or recapture, a state mandate that requires wealthy school districts to send funds to the state to be redistributed to low-income school districts. For another year, staff proposed a 1.439 tax rate with a proposed maintenance and operations (M&O) rate of $1.170 and a proposed interest and sinking rate of $0.269.  view article arw

As Plano ISD wraps up its budgetary season, the looming reality that the district will likely send more property tax revenues than ever to the state continues to weigh heavily the board of trustees’ budget discussions. Trustees agreed on Tuesday to publicly advertise a property tax rate of $1.439 per $100 property valuation for the next fiscal year, a rate unchanged from the previous year. With property appraisals on the rise, revenues collected by the district are expected to climb—but much of that money will go to the state in the form of recapture payments. Trustees also approved legislative priorities aimed at addressing the state’s recapture policies. The state’s recapture practice was initially adopted to send money from “property wealthy” school districts to poorer districts.   view article arw

"This is something we don't tolerate.  This is taxpayer money.  We're government employees.  This is a priority for us at the department," said DPS Regional Commander Freeman Martin.  Seven arrests: charges like forgery, organized crime, bribery.  Four of these people you may have dealt with...they're government employees working for the Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector's office.  "There's a lot of things about this investigation we can't talk about.  This is an ongoing investigation that still has to be prosecuted," Freeman said.  view article arw

It’s budget season, and Grapevine-Colleyville ISD trustees are sharpening their pencils ahead of approving the 2018-19 fiscal year budget in June. During a school board meeting Monday, trustees scheduled a public meeting for June 18 to discuss the upcoming school year’s budget and proposed tax rate. GCISD Chief Financial Officer DaiAnn Mooney also presented an update of the current fiscal year’s budget to trustees. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Many residents in Montague and Clay Counties warned Bellevue ISD about entering into a Texas Tax Code 313 agreement. There have been debates at school board meetings for over three months all due to a possible wind farm project. John Greer lives in Dallas County but he and his family have owned land in Clay County for over a hundred years. He is a part of Clay County Against Wind Farms. view article arw

At its meeting Tuesday night the Klein ISD board of trustees unanimously approved a tax ratification election in June to increase the maintenance and operations portion of its tax rate to $1.13 per $100 valuation, an increase of 9 cents.  The election will take place June 16. The voter registration deadline is May 17. view article arw