By Valerie Reddell
Woodville ISD Superintendent Glen Conner said he has been pleased at the turnout during early voting in the district's tax ratification election. Tuesday was the final day for early voting, but those who have not yet made by to cast their ballot can stop by the WISD administration building between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
When the votes are counted, the Booster will make those results available online at www.tylercountybooster.com Saturday night.
Conner also notified trustees that taxpayers could see a bit of relief with the passage of HB 21 during the special session that concluded last week.
One of the provisions of the bill provides for grant funds from districts that still depended on a program called ASATR (Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction) which helped replace lost revenue after the supposed reform measures to lessen property taxes in 2008. In 2011, the Texas Legislature made drastic cuts to public school funding, and set a September 2017 deadline to end the program.
Woodville stood to lose $1 million in state funding, so they opted to seek voter approval for an increase to the maintenance operations rate to offset that loss.
Conner added that if voters approve the measure, the district will reduce the amount of the interest and sinking rate in an amount equivalent to the HB 21 revenue they receive. As of press time Tuesday, the amount of Woodville's grant was undetermined. Finance Director Cody Jarrott added that the district has 30 days to finalize the tax rate.