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.