tax ratification election

Dallas ISD Trustees Make Unusual Move to Reassure TRE Voters

By Bethany Erickson / October 20, 2018 / 0 Comments

In a bid to reassure voters, Dallas ISD trustees took the unusual move adopting a resolution that pledges to spend the first projected surplus a tax ratification election, or TRE , could produce on specific initiatives, including one that strategically increases employee salaries. But the move was not without a lot of debate.   Trustee […]

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Pinkerton Explains Proposed TRE Resolution Before Board Thursday

By Contributor / October 16, 2018 / 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: On Aug. 16, the Dallas ISD board of trustees voted 7-1 to put a 13-cent Tax Ratification Election (or TRE) on the Nov. 6 ballot. District 7 Trustee Audrey Pinkerton has proposed a resolution regarding the funds garnered from that property tax rate increase, should voters approve it. We asked her to explain […]

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Dallas ISD Board Places 13-cent TRE on November Ballot

By Bethany Erickson / August 17, 2018 / 10 Comments

It took three tries, but a 13-cent Tax Ratification Election (TRE) was passed by the Dallas ISD board of trustees in a special called meeting Thursday night. The vote (which was seven for, one against, and one absent) will place a measure that will increase the district’s maintenance and operating tax rate from $1.04 to […]

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How Will New Federal Income Tax Laws About Property Tax Deductions Affect a TRE?

By Bethany Erickson / January 17, 2018 / 1 Comment

It’s a drum several Dallas ISD trustees have been beating for a while — a Tax Ratification Election that would allow the district to increase services and programs at dozens of at-risk schools with the money raised by increasing property taxes rates. But they’ve yet to get it on the ballot.

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Dallas ISD’s Cavalry Isn’t Coming – And Neither is a Vote for a TRE

By Bethany Erickson / August 21, 2017 / 0 Comments

The cavalry, as one Dallas ISD trustee said, isn’t coming for Texas public schools. And after last Friday, the voters won’t have a chance to, either. Friday night’s school board meeting was contentious, and the proposals for a possible Tax Ratification Election were numerous. A tax swap was on the table. But at the end […]

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Dallas ISD Trustees to Take Up Vote on Property Tax Increase Saturday

By Bethany Erickson / August 3, 2017 / 10 Comments

Before we start, let me say that as a homeowner, I’m about as excited about a potential property tax hike as I am a yearly Pap smear. But I also know that, like a Pap smear, sometimes things you dislike you do anyway because they’re good for you.  It’s uncomfortable, you have to worry for […]

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