Voters Approve Property Tax Increase To Support Dallas ISD

Steven Pickering
November 07, 2018 - 6:09 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Voters in the Dallas ISD approved all four propositions on the ballot Tuesday, including a $.013 increase in the property tax rate.

The approval of Proposition C will raise that rate to the maximum level allowed by the state and generate an additional $161 million in revenue for the district.

Several Dallas ISD officials said this summer that the district needed the additional funds to keep up with rising costs, and to account for problems with the state's "Robin Hood" school finance system that they say fails to provide the Dallas ISD with enough state funds.

The approval of Proposition D on the ballot means the Dallas ISD will be able to purchase attendance credits from the state under the "Robin Hood" system. It's a method of sending money to the state to re-distribute to other districts now that the Dallas ISD is classified as "property rich". Failure to approve the measure could have triggered other efforts by the state to obtain those funds, such as transferring some of the property in the DISD to another school district or forcing DISD to consolidate with another district. The Houston ISD approved a similar ballot measure last year.

Proposition B allows the DISD to re-finance $75 million in older bonds issued for maintenance projects.

Proposition A will allow the district to issue $75 million in new bonds to pay for new school buses and a bus barn. The Dallas ISD began operating its own buses after voters approved shutting down the scandal-plagued Dallas County Schools transportation service. Former Dallas County Schools Superintendent Rick Sorrells plead "guilty" to a federal wire fraud charge earlier this year.