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Dispelling the Myths: Keller ISD's Tax Ratification Election

Everyone has the right to either oppose or support Keller ISD's upcoming Tax Ratification Election (TRE). Regardless, it is important to check the facts before making a choice or trying to help others make theirs.

  1. Why is Keller ISD’s tax rate higher than surrounding districts?

    Keller ISD’s combined tax rate IS higher than many of our neighboring districts due to the District having to open 21 new buildings in the last 10 years. The District’s operating rate is in fact the same as other districts.

  2. Why does the district need the monies that would come from the Tax Ratification Election?

    Keller ISD is not just asking for more money. After already reducing our budget by $16 million, we anticipate experiencing a reduction in State funding in an amount close to an additional $16 Million. The tax ratification election, if passed, would “replace” those soon to be missing state dollars.

  3. Why does Keller ISD continue to spend unwisely and expect the taxpayers to clean up the mess?

    Keller ISD has been recognized by the State of Texas Comptroller for being one of the most efficient in the state.  We have been categorized as a “very low” spender by the State. Keller ISD spent just 2.6% on administration last year.

  4. Why is Keller ISD asking to raise taxes instead of simply making cuts like other companies?

    Keller ISD has cut millions of dollars from its budget over the last several years, and has already cut $16 million for next year before the state’s cuts.

  5. How can Keller ISD afford all those new buildings yet have such budget issues?

    Buildings are paid for with the debt service portion of the tax rate.  The daily operations of the District are paid for with the operating portion of the tax rate.

  6. Why aren’t other school districts having Tax Ratification Elections?

    Many are.  Including some in Northeast Tarrant County.

  7. What are the major cuts to the district’s budget if the TRE fails?

    The budget reductions that would be necessary are as follows:

    Necessary Budget Reductions (Tier Two) having to do with loss of state funding and failure of TRE
    (Preliminary and Tentative)

    Key Budget Reductions Dollar Impact
    Eliminate All Regular Education Transportation $2,036,000
    Eliminate Uniformed Security Officers from all High School Campuses $465,000
    Elimination of 20 Elementary Music and Art Positions $1,100,000
    Elimination of Theater Arts at Intermediate Schools (5 Positions) $275,000
    Elimination of 4 High School Fine Arts Positions $220,000
    Eliminate Assistant Band Positions (5 Positions) $275,000
    Eliminate One Athletic Trainer at Each HS Campus $203,000
    Eliminate Strength and Conditioning Coach at Each HS Campus $200,000
    Eliminate Power Lifting Program $25,000
    Additional Cuts to Athletic Budgets and Stipends $547,000
    Class Size Increase (Resulting in Elimination of 66 Teacher Positions) $3,630,000
    Elimination of Summer School $290,000
    Elimination of Field Trip Allotment $175,000
    Elimination of Library Books Budget $400,000
    Elimination of District Payment for Letter Jackets $92,500
    Elimination of 3 High School Assistant Principal Positions $210,000
    Elimination of 3 High School Counselor Positions $180,000
    Elimination of 27 remaining Cafeteria Monitor Positions at ES and IS $191,000
    Elimination of 16 Librarian Positions $800,000
    Elimination of 27 Campus Clerical Staff Positions $560,000
    Additional 2 Furlough Days for Non-Teaching Staff $231,000
    Elimination of 16 Administrative Staff Positions $756,000
    Elimination of 20 Maintenance and Custodial Positions $646,000
    Elimination of Hazardous Routes $127,000