• What is the district asking me to approve?

    The Tax Ratification Election asks voters to approve a 13-cent tax "swap", which would provide the district more funding from the state without increasing the total tax rate. The TRE would increase the maintenance and operations (M&O) portion of the tax rate by 13 cents, but decrease the interest and sinking (I&S) portion of the total tax rate by 13 cents, holding the overall tax rate at $1.54 per $100 valuation.

    The I&S rate funds only repayment of debts, while the M&O rate can fund daily operations, as well as debt repayment.

    Even though the total tax rate is not increasing, EISD must seek voter approval to increase its M&O rate above $1.04 per $100 valuation. If approved, the new M&O rate would total $1.17 per $100 valuation, which is the maximum voter-approved M&O rate allowed by law.

     

    Will my tax bill increase?

    Regardless of the outcome of the TRE, the tax rate for taxpayers in the EISD WILL REMAIN THE SAME AT $1.54 per $100 of property value. If the TRE is approved, the shift in the M&O and I&S tax rates will generate an additional $800,000 in state funding yearly for the district. If the TRE fails, the tax rate WILL REMAIN AT $1.54 and no additional funding will be received.

     

    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.

     

    Why does the district need more operational funds?

    EISD has a sound financial footing regardless of whether the TRE passes or fails. However, the district is always seeking additional ways to improve our financial situation. With public school funding being a constant concern throughout the state, we feel that failing to pass the TRE would be "leaving money on the table". Money that our district would definitely put to good use for our students and staff. 

    Approval of the TRE would provide the district an additional $800,000 yearly from the state.

     

    How will the additional funds be spent?

    As stated previously, the main reason for the TRE is to maximize the District’s funding from the state. Otherwise, we will be leaving money on the table. If the TRE passes, the additional funds will be used to remain competitive in employee pay with surrounding districts, purchase two additional buses, as our fleet is aging, and to continue making improvements to existing buildings and classroom furniture.

     

    Will approval of the TRE affect the district’s ability to repay its debt?

    No. The TRE will not affect the district’s debt repayment timeline or the district’s amount of debt. Money has already been alotted in the budget to continue to pay the district's debt, which is voter-approved debt from previous bond referendums. Funds collected by the M&O rate can also be used to repay debt, if ever necessary. 

     

     

    If I am paying more in property tax revenue, why does the district need more funding?

    Increased property tax revenue, which is local funding for the district, does not increase the district’s total funding amount per student.

    The state allows districts to collect a basic allotment per student. This has remained at $5,140 per pupil since FY 2015-16. As the state has placed a cap on the basic allotment, districts with more local revenue receive fewer state dollars. Residents paying more in property tax to school districts does not mean the districts are receiving more overall funding.

    According to the state funding formula for public school districts, local property tax revenue makes up the first share of the district’s funding per student. As local revenue increases, the state’s share decreases.

     

    When is the election and where can I vote?

     

    Early Voting Location Dates and Times: 

    Ennis ISD Admin Building, 303 W. Knox Street Ennis, TX 75119

     

    Wednesday, August 22, 2018 through Friday, August 24, 2018

    8:00 AM-5:00 PM

     

    Monday, August 27, 2018 through Thursday, August 30, 2018

    8:00 AM-5:00 PM

     

    Friday, August 31, 2018

    7:00 AM-7:00 PM

     

    Tuesday, September 04, 2018

    7:00 AM-7:00 PM

     

    Election Day Location Date and Times:  

    Ennis ISD Admin Building, 303 W. Knox Street Ennis, TX 75119

     

    Saturday, September 08, 2018

    7:00 AM-7:00 PM

     

    When is the last day to register to vote in this election?

    The last day to register to vote in the September 8th election is Thursday, August 9th. 

    For more information on how you can register to vote, click here.