Dallas ISD school board discusses proposed tax hike

Funding for Dallas ISD is still top of mind for the district's school board.

Some parent and student groups are pushing for the 13-cent property tax increase to give the district more money to invest in teachers. The school board is expected to vote on sending the issue to voters next week.

Thursday’s meeting was about sharing information. The entire board listened to a presentation. Superintendent Mike Hinojosa spelled out what he calls the advantages of a tax ratification election. 

The superintendent made use of slides and graphics to bolster a plan for mainly property tax payers to fund a five-year long range plan to the tune of $120 million a year. It’s money to provide merit pay for teachers, fund early childhood education and district run choice schools — which would cater to specific locations.

Some who attended Thursday’s meeting also voiced their support.

“At least this gives us something I’ve never had in 24 years as a superintendent,” Hinojosa said. “A way to be able to forecast revenue by wisely setting money aside.”

“It’s an investment I’d definitely be willing to make, despite that I have student loans and other priorities,” said supporter Camila Correa Bourdeau.  “It’s worth it because I know where those dollars are going to go.”

Under the plan, the owners of a $250,000 home would see an increase of around $325 a year in property taxes.

There will be two more community meetings next week at Pinkston and Madison High School. Following that, the board will vote on the measure. If it passes, the plan then goes before voters in November.

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