This year, Fayetteville ISD and many other school districts are projecting a funding shortage due to legislative inaction during the 88th State Legislative Session and decreased enrollment.
For the first time in history, Fayetteville ISD is asking voters to consider approving three cents on its maintenance and operations tax rate to offset the increasing cost of education. If approved on November 7, 2023, Fayetteville ISD voters would still see annual tax savings due to a cut in the interest and sinking rate and simultaneous approval of SB 2, also on the November ballot. SB 2 proposes changing the homestead exemption from $40,000 to $100,000.
School districts are funded primarily through local property taxes, with some additional funding from the State of Texas, depending on multiple factors. The Texas Education Agency calculates a district’s state funding by estimating how much local tax revenue the district should collect based on local property values.
VATRE stands for Voter-Approval Tax Ratification Election. A Voter Approval Tax Rate Election (VATRE) is an election required by the state that asks voters to consider approving a modified tax rate to increase revenue for student programs as well as teacher and staff salaries.
There are several primary reasons Fayetteville ISD has called for a VATRE at this time:
If the VATRE passes, the District is planning to use this additional revenue to apply to the following expenditures: