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Voters To Decide On Property Tax Increase For Dallas ISD

November 05, 2018 - 8:27 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Dallas ISD will ask homeowners to approve a property tax increase on election day. 

The Dallas ISD school board approved a plan in August, voting 7-1 in favor of the increase.

The ballot measures would raise the district’s maintenance and operation tax by 13 cents, from $1.04 to $1.17, the highest rate the state of Texas allows.

Trustee Audrey Pinkerton says state funding has not kept up with the increasing cost of education.

Joyce Foreman was the only trustee to vote against the plan. She said property values have already jumped over the past few years so people are paying more even without an increase.

“My constituents have overwhelmingly told me they do not want a property tax increase,” Foreman said.

The property tax increase will go to voters on Tuesday and would cost the owner of the 'average' home, worth an estimated $263,000, an extra $264 a year. Dallas ISD says it would generate an additional $126 million a year.

“It’s always a difficult sell to ask people to give more money from their personal pocket, but I think people understand there’s a greater good,” said Superintendent Michael Hinojosa.