Dallas ISD To Pay 'Robin Hood' Tax For First Time

Alan Scaia
August 10, 2018 - 5:37 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - While the Plano ISD has to send $200 million back to the State of Texas, the biggest school district in North Texas is getting a bill for the first time

Dallas  ISD is now considered 'property rich,' meaning home values have increased and the district is taking in more money from the property tax.

For the first time, Dallas ISD has to give some of that money to the state instead of receiving more money. Superintendent Michael Hinojosa says the loss of that money led to the district asking voters for a property tax increase this fall.

Texas' "Robin Hood" program requires districts with high property values to give money to districts with lower values. Dallas had never been considered property rich before and the district says ninety percent of its students live in poverty.