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Report: Most School Districts Avoid Tax Elections

Monday, Sep 13, 2010  |  Updated 12:38 PM CDT
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Report: Most School Districts Avoid Tax Elections

Only 30 percent of districts asking voters for tax increase.

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A newspaper report says 30 percent of Texas school districts have asked their voters for tax rate increases since state lawmakers adopted the requirement four years ago.

The Dallas Morning News, citing figures from a website that tracks tax rate elections in Texas, reported Wednesday that about a fifth of the state's 1,025 districts won voter approval for increases.

Another 78 districts have been turned down by voters, including 17 that have lost twice. That's according to figures from www.TexasISD.com.

More than 800 districts are at or below the maximum tax rate that can be levied without going to voters -- $1.04 per $100 valuation. The maximum equals an annual tax of $2,080 on a home valued at $200,000, not including local taxes.

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