EPISD is preparing to sock it to us in the next tax year.
Their tax rate for interest and principal payments (I&S) on debt was 24 cents per hundred dollars of valuation for the 2017-18 fiscal year.
They then asked the voters to move 10 cents of that over to their maintenance and operations tax rate for the 2018-19 year while promising to keep their total rate the same. The voters agreed. The district kept their promise that year and left taxes flat.
Then for 2019-20 they raised the I&S rate to 20 cents per hundred.
Now for 2020-21 they are proposing an I&S rate of 26 cents per hundred.
So much for trust.
We deserve better
Glad my school taxes are already frozen. I did my best to warn folks they’d do that. But people kept saying if debt service increased, they’d just swap those pennies back. Yeah, right.
Duh. How did anyone not know what was happening when they brought it up to begin with?
If EPISD’s tactics have ever surprised anyone that person deserves to pay higher taxes. Likewise with anyone who didn’t speak out. They do this because of low voter participation, and will keep doing it over and over.
And teachers. They are completely invested in these schemes against the taxpaying public. Those monies were converted to teacher and administration pay. Public schools are a black hole, consuming everything provided and requiring more every year. Meantime the job they do is demonstrably worse year after year. Third world countries have better outcomes for their student than our public schools.
Keep in mind, part of what drives better third world outcomes is parents are often reinforcing the education is a ticket to a better life. I saw that in Mexico and in poorer countries in Asia when I’d talk to managers and engineers, and listen to stories of how they were raised in poverty by parents who insisted they get good grades and pursue higher education. But for some reason, parents here aren’t nearly as engaged. I agree schools are a black hole as far as wasted money, but part of the reason is that too many parents see them as nothing more than free childcare.
EPISD is worse than the City, County. The only thing can be “Trusted” is that Juan Cabrera and his crew will always continue to tax, waste, spend, tax some more. How does he NEED more money with less students, less schools to operate? Apparently “LESS” is always “More”. Truth is HE doesn’t NEED more, HE just WANTS more. Need to start cutting the FAT at the top, including Cabrera’s obscene, exorbitant salary. HE needs to be OUT, so does that School Board that does nothing, has no consideration for the PEOPLE, TAXPAYERS. Combine ALL the El Paso County schools under ONE Superintendent, then maybe he, she would earn that half- MILLION$$$$. Hire somebody for a reasonable salary, someone who is not just there to TAKE from the PEOPLE, but to actually do the JOB of EDUCATING the kids of El Paso.
How much have they worked to save during the virus shutdown?