The Kirbyville CISD board of trustees is considering calling a Tax Ratification Election in June. While this is not breaking news, it is essential that community and parents are adequately informed of why our district feels this election is necessary.
This year, due to Hurricane Harvey, KCISD conducted at "Tax Swap" generating additional state funding. Additional funding through a "Tax Swap" is only permitted for one school year. The purpose of the re-allocation of the tax rate between M&O and I&S funds is to maximize state matching funds based upon local tax effort. Texas matches local tax effort on the M&O fund at a higher level than on the I&S fund. The total net increase in state funding after the debt retirement has been met will be in excess of $400,000.
For KCISD to continue receiving additional funding, the district is required to take the proposal to the voters. Again, if a TRE is called, KCISD community members residing in the district's boundaries would NOT see a tax increase. School taxes would remain at the current rate.
The additional funding will be primarily used to increase compensation for our deserving employees. Kirbyville is committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified staff. Our taxpayers will not be paying additional taxes, yet the district will receive more funding.
1. What is the current tax rate for 2018-19?
Total tax rate is $1.375 per $100 of property value; allocated as $1.17 for Maintenance and Operations and $0.205 for debt services. (Due to Hurricane Harvey, Governor Abbott allowed districts within disaster declared counties to complete a tax swap for one year).
2. What was the KCISD tax rate in 2017-18?
Total tax rate was $1.375 per $100 of property value; allocated as $1.04 for M&O and $.335 for debt services.
3. Can the district continue to use the 2018-19 tax rates for the 2019-20 school year?
Only if the voters approve a tax swap or TRE election. It takes voter approval for the district to continue the swapped rates.
4. Why would the district ask taxpayers to vote for a tax swap?
The tax swap will generate approximately $700,000 in additional revenue. This year, the additional revenue is primarily being used for safety and security improvements throughout the district.
In 2019-20 and beyond, the safety and security of our students and staff will continue to be our top priority.
KCISD would also like to review salaries schedules becoming more competitive with, or out paying, surrounding districts our size. Our goal is to provide the best education to your children by hiring and retaining highly qualified teachers and staff.