EPISD–held the line

A regular reader asked us the other day if there was a report that showed the amount of the tax increases our local governments have imposed on us during the last few years.

As it turns out The El Paso Times published an article on September 16, 2016 that did just that.  You can read it here.

The numbers do not include the majority of the quality of life bonds, nor the bonds for EPISD and some of YISD since most of the projects are still in the planning phase.

The numbers show the percentage of increases (for that “average” home–somewhere around $115,000)  for the period beginning in 2006 and ending in 2016:

  • City                                 46.7%
  • County                           50.0%
  • County Hospital          81.0%
  • Community College    43.4%
  • YISD                               14.6%
  • SISD                                  3.5%

Much to our surprise, the El Paso Independent School District showed up with a negative 1.3%.

While we applaud EPISD for their results, we still cannot see the wisdom of investing over $600 million to build new schools in a district whose enrollment is declining every year.

Recent reports indicate that the City and the County are each targeting another 8% increase in taxes this year.

We deserve better




6 Responses to EPISD–held the line

  1. tickedofftaxpayer says:

    Don’t applaud EPSID too hard. Remember the state rolled back school taxes and if I remember correctly EPSID was at its cap and couldn’t raise taxes anymore. And if we look at the money wasted through corruption and the subsequent prosecution of that corruption, and the deterioration of the schools because of deferred maintenance, they are just as bad as any other entity. And lets not forget, the biggest reason they “need” a branding campaign is because of the loss of public confidence and erosion of their brand via the corruption and incompetence of their leadership team. Given their current behavior patterns, I don’t see any likely improvement in brand image.


  2. Anonymous says:

    Refuse to pay your property taxes and tell them they can have your house when you die (homestead exempt only).


  3. anonymous says:

    Just because your child doesn’t ask for a bigger allowances doesn’t mean that they are spending their allowance wisely.


  4. good governance oxymoron says:

    YISD offers a 20% homestead exemption which is rarely ever factored into those reports.

    At the Wednesday meeting the YISD Board decreased the 2017 tax rate by 1.5 cents.

    The district took advantage of State funding in the form of Existing Debt Allotment and Instructional Facilities Allotment money to pay for half of the recently approved $430.5 million bond.

    So the bond burden for YISD property owners is significantly reduced to $215.25 million.


    Does anyone know why EPISD has not taken advantage of the state funding programs to reduce the property tax burden?


  5. Chico says:

    Thank you for the info, Brutus. Good public service.


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