Early voting begins today in Argyle, and residents living within the town’s school boundaries are being asked to approve a 6 cent maintenance and operations school tax rate increase.
Early voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday; from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 4 through Sept. 7 and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and 11. Election day is Sept. 15, when voters can cast ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
All voting will take place at the Argyle school district Administration Building, 800 Eagle Drive.
To offset increasing expenditures for the 2012-13 year, the district wants to increase the maintenance and operations tax rate, which funds day-to-day operations, by 6 cents. On Aug. 6, the district adopted an overall $1.48 per $100 valuation property tax rate, which included the 6 cent maintenance and operations increase and a 4 cent decrease to the interest and sinking tax rate, which funds the district’s debt payments.
In order for the district to execute the $1.10005 per $100 valuation maintenance and operations tax rate, the state requires the district call a tax ratification election to get voter approval because the rate is above $1.04.
The average home value in the Argyle school district is $357,264. District officials have said that if the tax ratification vote passes, the tax bill on that average-valued home would increase by $71. The tax increase would bring the district an additional $583,000 in revenue, district officials have said.
Public meetings on the issue took place Aug. 16 and 21.
As the district’s vision states, the district looks to empower and inspire “socially responsible world-class leaders” who will not only have an impact on the community but beyond, Board President Kevin Faciane said.
Many of the offerings available to students are dependent upon the maintenance and operation funds available, he said.
If the Argyle community chooses to vote in favor of the tax ratification, Faciane said they would be investing in the continuation of those programs.
Superintendent Telena Wright said any residents with questions about the election are welcome to contact her and that a copy of the presentation made at the public meetings is available for viewing at www.argyleisd.com.
“I believe that we will have good turnout for early voting,” Wright said. “I’m hopeful that we will have a good turnout as far as the election.”
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