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Early voting for Denton ISD tax election ends Tuesday

Voters have three more days left to cast their ballots early for Denton ISD's tax ratification election.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Early voting will open up again during those same hours on Tuesday. Election Day is set for Saturday, Sept. 9 with voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In what's known as a "tax swap," residents in Denton ISD are being asked to approve an increase in the district's maintenance and operations tax rate, bringing it from $1.04 per $100 valuation to $1.06. The tax money goes into the district's operating budget that pays for salaries, supplies and other daily expenditures.

The school board has already lowered the interest and sinking tax rate from 50 cents to 48 cents. Those taxes can be used only to pay off bond debts on facilities.

Although the overall tax rate would remain the same at $1.54, district officials estimate the tax swap would bring roughly $7 million more in funding to the district next year.

Early voting can be done at the Denton County Elections Administration building at 701 Kimberly Drive in Denton, the Denton Civic Center at 321 E. McKinney St. in Denton, Harpool Middle School at 9601 Stacee Lane in Lantana and Braswell High School at 26750 E. University Drive in Aubrey. On election day, voters must vote at their precinct location.

For more voting information, go to www.votedenton.com.

CAITLYN JONES can be reached at 940-566-6862.