A Closer Look

This election is critically important to our teachers and students and to the future of Dallas. Your vote matters, and we want you to be as informed as possible when you enter the voting booth. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions concerning the Dallas ISD propositions you’ll see on the ballot.


PROPOSITIONS A-D Video OVERVIEW

 
 
 

Propositions A, B, C, D FAQs

What are Propositions A-D?

Proposition A – Bus service. This proposition is to issue bonds to purchase new school buses, bus maintenance and operating facilities.

Proposition B – M&O/I&S Bond swap.

Proposition C – Tax ratification election. This would increase the school district tax to pay for teacher and staff raises and innovative education programs.

Proposition D – Attendance credits. Next year DISD will be considered a “property rich” school district and will have to pay money to the state as part of the “Robin Hood” program. A vote FOR attendance credits allows the district to pay the state using tax dollars. A vote AGAINST would result in DISD property being permanently assigned to another district.

We recommend a FOR vote for all four propositions.

What is a TRE (Tax Ratification Election)?

A TRE is a special election called by a school district’s Board of Trustees, asking voters to approve an increase above the current operating tax rate. The operating tax rate in Dallas ISD has been $1.04 for the last 10 years (when it was lowered to the current rate). Voter approval is required for a school district operating tax rate to exceed $1.04.

The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees voted 7-1 (with one member abstaining) on August 16th to put the TRE before voters. A simple majority of voters (at least 50%) must now approve the new tax rate before it goes into effect.

The TRE is one of four education propositions on the ballot. They are marked Propositions A, B, C & D.

What is the difference between a bond and a TRE?

The TRE is an election that asks voters to approve a higher tax rate that will be used to calculate taxes every year. A bond election asks voters to approve a one-time sale of bonds that will be repaid over a period of years.

Why are Propositions A-D necessary now?

Lack of action by the state legislature has forced school districts to take drastic measures. DISD has been forced to cut librarians, nurses and counselors. Next year, DISD will be forced to pay millions in “Robin Hood” payments to the state. The propositions will enable the district to give raises to teachers and continue innovative student programs that have made DISD the most improved large city district in the state.

How much is the proposed tax increase?

The tax rate will increase by 13 cents to an operating tax rate of $1.17. This would help DISD compensate for revenue that will be lost due to the state’s “Robin Hood” recapture system. Even at $1.17, DISD taxpayers will pay one of the lowest rates in the area.

Since my home value has gone up, I’m already paying more taxes, isn’t the DISD getting more money already?

While increases in DISD home values do generate more revenue, the increases do not benefit DISD’s operating budget. It actually has the opposite effect. As DISD collects more money from local taxpayers due to increased property values, state operating funding for DISD decreases. In fact, state officials have often used additional local tax dollars generated in school districts to fund other parts of the state budget unrelated to public education.

How much will my taxes increase?

The average homeowner in Dallas will see a tax increase of around $20 per month. This varies from district to district. Average District 9 homeowners will see an average monthly increase of a little more than $8 per month while District 2 homeowners will see an average monthly increase of a little over $67 per month.

How will this affect taxpayers who are over 65 or disabled?

Taxpayers who are over 65 or are disabled and have filed for the appropriate household exemptions will not be affected by the tax rate increase.

How will DISD use the money?

DISD will use funding from the TRE to increase teacher pay so we can keep our best teachers and staff from leaving for higher-paying jobs in the suburbs. Just as important, the district will fund innovative programs like early learning, programs that promote racial equity and expand academic options with new choice schools so more students can find a “best-fit” school for them.

DISD has a strong record of independently recognized fiscal responsibility and uses less than 1% of its total budget on central administration.

Will DISD have to pay some of these funds to the state?

In 2018-19, DISD will become classified a “property rich” district due to growing property values and lower student enrollment. When the tax rate increases above $1.06 up to the state cap of $1.17, the resulting additional revenue is subject to recapture, meaning that Dallas ISD would keep around 74% of revenue raised from any increase above $1.06 per $100 of valuation and return the remainder to the state.

What happens if Propositions A-D don’t pass?

DISD is the most improved large city school district in Texas. Our excellent teachers and innovative programs have played a large part in this success. Without the passage of these propositions, the district will be unable to give raises to teachers and many successful programs could be in jeopardy due to lack of funds.

When is the election?

Election day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting will take place from Thursday, October 22 through Friday, November 2, 2018. Visit www.dallascountyvotes.org to find your polling location.

Since this election coincides with many other important elections, Propositions A, B, C &D (the TRE and three other school propositions) will appear at the end of the ballot.

 

November 2018 Dallas ISD Ballot Propositions

Ballot Language

Proposition A – Bus Bond

Ballot Wording: THE ISSUANCE OF $75,000,000 OF BONDS FOR THE PURCHASE OF NEW SCHOOL BUSES AND BUS MAINTENANCE AND OPERATING FACILITIES, AND THE LEVYING OF THE TAX IN PAYMENT THEREOF


Proposition B – M&O/I&S Bond Swap

Ballot Wording: THE ISSUANCE OF $75,000,000 OF BONDS FOR REFUNDING OUTSTANDING LIMITED MAINTENANCE TAX NOTES, AND THE LEVYING OF THE TAX IN PAYMENT THEREOF


Proposition C – Tax Ratification Election

Ballot Wording: APPROVING THE AD VALOREM TAX RATE OF $1.412035 PER $100 VALUATION IN DALLAS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE CURRENT YEAR, A RATE THAT IS $0.12995 HIGHER PER $100 VALUATION THAN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT ROLLBACK TAX RATE, FOR THE PURPOSE OF GENERATING ADDITIONAL LOCAL AND STATE REVENUE FOR DISTRICT MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS.


Proposition D – Recapture (Attendance Credits)

Ballot Wording: AUTHORIZING THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE DALLAS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT TO PURCHASE ATTENDANCE CREDITS FROM THE STATE WITH LOCAL TAX REVENUES.