By Michael G. Maness
COLMESNEIL – Colmesneil ISD Superintendent Angela Matterson is hopeful about the Aug. 21 Tax Ratification Election.
“This will add over $137,000 to the school to be used for safety and security,” Matterson said, “without raising the CISD taxpayer’s tax by a single cent. It will help very much!”
At the July 12 CISD board meeting, the trustees approved the order for the election, which will take place in the CISD Administration Room from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. with early voting taking place Aug. 6-17, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The TRE is essentially a request to swap taxes, one negating the other. They propose to raise one tax and lower another at the same time.
The TRE is a special election asking voters to raise the Maintenance and Operations tax by $.08, that is, from $1.04 to $1.12 per $100 valuation. At the same time, this election will decrease the Interest and Sinking (debt service) from $.08 to zero, so there will be no actual raise in anyone’s taxes.
Furthermore, because only the M&O tax allows the CISD to gain additional state-paid funding, CISD will be able to gain over $137,000 of state funds solely for security and safety. The board is hoping for a positive vote for the tax swap so that they can use the increase to improve safety and security, including cameras, technology, warning systems, and the purchase security devices for the classrooms.
If approved by the voters, the swap will be effective for the 2018-2019 school year and the school will gain over $137,000. The additional funds would be available for all the following school years allowing the district to continually improve safety and security.
Also, if one is over 65 or have a disabled homestead that is frozen, the taxes for that residence will not go up.
In sum, approval of the TRE will not increase a taxpayer’s taxes, and it allows for the district to access additional funds for safety.