In talking with a citizen the other day I heard him indicate that he voted against the EPISD tax initiative because he feared that the tax increase was permanent.
Actually voting for the initiative will not raise our total school taxes. The EPISD board has already voted to lower the rate for debt payments by the same amount that they are asking the public to approve as an increase to the maintenance and operations rate. In other words the combined tax rate will remain the same. The reason for doing this is that Texas will provide more money to the district.
Unfortunately the school board has not decided to use some of the extra money from the state to continue to reduce our debt at the same rate we did before they lowered their debt payment levy. That would have been a clear win for everyone.
When I went to vote I saw this wording on the ballot:
“APPROVING THE AD VALOREM TAX RATE OF $1.2350 PER $100 VALUATION IN THE EL PASO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE CURRENT YEAR, A RATE THAT IS $.0076 HIGHER PER $100 VALUATION THAN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT ROLLBACK TAX RATE.”
It asks for permission to raise a portion of the rate for this year.
Not being expert in the area school district taxation I don’t know if this opens the door to some kind of automatic increase in the future, but I doubt it.
The ballot says “for the current year”.
Please vote. The election is tomorrow.
We deserve better