The El Paso independent school district is planning to put a tax question to the voters. The board wants to move ten cents from the rate we are charged for interest on bonds over to the day-to-day maintenance and operations portion of the budget.
In theory the taxpayers will pay no more if the voters approve the action. The district tells us however that approving the change will bring an additional $7 million in from the state.
The school board has said that they will give each teacher a $750 one-time bonus if the issue is approved.
According to a recent article in the Times the management of the teachers union does not support the idea. From the Times:
Teachers don’t trust that the board will actually pay out the bonus, said Ross Moore, president of the El Paso chapter of the American Federation of Teachers.
“There have been promises time after time and it’s been a bait and switch,” Moore said, adding that some teachers feel the bonus is an attempt to “bribe” them.
“If you vote ‘yes,’ you get money,” Moore said at the meeting.
So we have to decide if we trust the district.
We deserve better