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Beeville ISD voters nix tax rate hike request
by Scott Reese Willey
Nov 05, 2008 | 2133 views | 6 6 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Beeville public school employees will not receive a 3 percent cost of living increase this school year after all.

More than half the voters who cast ballots in the tax rate hike election turned down the school district’s request to increase the tax rate by 6 cents to fund employee pay raises.

Fifty-eight percent of voters who live within Beeville ISD boundaries cast ballots against the tax rate hike request. Forty-two percent of voters OK’ed the idea.

Beeville school officials say they also will have to slash an additional $350,000 out of the budget to make ends meet because the proposition was voted down.

Pettus ISD fared no better on its tax rate hike request, if early results are an indication of things to come.

Election results for Pettus ISD were incomplete late Tuesday night because of problems with a voting machine.

However, election results that were released revealed that 235 Pettus ISD residents, or 56 percent, voted against the school district’s proposed 8-cent tax rate hike.

One ballot box was uncounted when school officials closed their offices for the night on Tuesday.

The 8-cent tax rate hike will help fund an employee pay increase.

In the past, school districts could simply raise the tax rate up to a certain amount before voters could demand an election to roll back the tax rate. Starting this fall, however, school districts statewide must give voters an opportunity to decide all matters that require a tax rate increase.

Skidmore-Tynan ISD willhold a tax rate election next month.
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Needurhelp
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May 11, 2013
What about the whole water project thing?I hope that was squashed.
Needurhelp
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May 11, 2013
people can not afford to pay out any more taxes. Its that simple. a few cents here and there adds up to much more than that in reality.We have to be able to live.Enough already!
Drizzle
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November 07, 2008
I dont know that it is so much unkind as it is the truth. It is bad enough that the teachers are underpaid, but the programs that try and help these kids will be cut too. and lets face it, the kids in beeville arent getting any smarter with all this happening. this whole situation has put the school district over budget, and it will create chaos...you say we all need to give a little, but you cut a lot just so you could save a little so wheres your sacrifice. You know these teachers work their butts off, and put in extra time that they dont get paid for, and they are used to getting this raise, it is in the budget, and it is expected, but now unfortunately, it is something that has to be voted on. and beeville had spoken clearly that they dont support their teachers or their children, and that is just sad. i may be unkind, but i am not a moron, as for you, the jury is still out...wah wah
Really Sad
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November 06, 2008
My goodness Beeville, we are talking about six cents. This is why your kids only want to see Beeville in their rear view mirror after they graduate from High School. Some things just never change.
ElmerFudd
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November 06, 2008
C'mon now. We've all got to retrench. All of us. All of us including the staff of BISD and unfortunately but necessarily, students too. Let's face this together. We are not isolated from what's shaping up as a national economic calamity. How can we expect people already pressed against the wall to immunize others? Why should we expect it? We all want our favoite school programs and pay raises. But let's face it -- something has to give. Also, you Drizzle, are very unkind to use the phrase "many moron kids".
Drizzle-
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November 06, 2008
This is just rediculous...and you wonder why there are so many moron kids running around beeville...this tax hike was not only for the teachers and empployees, which make next to nothing, but it was also for school programs...this is why beeville is a disgrace to south texas...we are talking 6 cents, you guys are pathetic, and you will suffer the consequences.