THE WORDING ON THE BALLOT FOR THE TAX RATIFICATION ELECTION IS PRESCRIBED BY LAW. THE BALLOT WILL READ:
“Approving the ad valorem tax rate of $1.67 per $100 valuation in the Ennis Independent School District for the current year, a rate that is $.13 higher per $100 valuation than the school district rollback tax rate.”
WHY DOES THE BALLOT SHOW A TAX RATE OF $1.67 WHEN EVERYTHING ELSE SAYS THE TAX RATE WILL REMAIN AT $1.54?
Law requires the wording on the ballot to read as above. The ballot shows a total tax rate of $1.67, which is an increase of $.13 in the Maintenance and Operations (M & O) tax rate. However, the Board of Trustees adopted a resolution at the July 23rd Board meeting that, should the TRE pass, the Interest and Sinking (I & S) tax rate will be lowered by $.13 to offset the increase in the M & O rate. This shift WILL KEEP THE TAX RATE THE SAME AT $1.54 for the current school year.