FWISD VATRE

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Voter-Approval Tax Ratification Election

  • At the August 17, 2020 workshop meeting of the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education, trustees approved an order calling for a Voter-Approval Tax Ratification Election on Tuesday. November 3, 2020.

    If voters approve the new tax rate it will result in an additional $49,011,688 for the District.  

    The additional revenue would be allocated to:

    • Compensation for teachers allowing the District to be more competitive in attracting and retaining the best teachers
    • Safety, health, and security by providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and additional measures to clean and sanitize campuses
    • Connectivity and Devices such as Chromebook computers, hot spots and additional methods to provide broadband internet access for students

    Another significant benefit to FWISD is that more local tax collections generates more state funding. Each dollar of additional local tax collected brings in an average of fifty cents of new state revenue to the District. That means that if voters approve the VATRE the District will receive an additional $22,000,000 from the state.

    State law requires that school districts seek voter approval to raise their tax rate above a prescribed amount.

    In order to fund the 2020-2021 District budget, the Board adopted a tax rate $1.0864 for Maintenance and Operations (day-to-day costs) and a rate of $0.2920 for Interest and Sinking (debt service) resulting in a Total Tax Rate of $1.3784 per $100 of property valuation. The adopted tax rate for the 2019-2020 budget was $1.282 per $100 property valuation.

    This proposed tax rate for 2020-2021 will effectively raise taxes for the Maintenance and Operations fund by 7.53%. The proposed I&S tax rate will not increase. For a $100,000 home that would mean an additional $96.50 in taxes.

    Early voting begins Tuesday, October 13 and continues through Friday, October 20, 2020. Election day is Tuesday, November 3. The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Monday, October 5, 2020. The deadline to register in person to vote is Monday, October 5, 2020.

    For more information about voter registration in Tarrant County, please visit the Tarrant County Elections website.


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Fact Sheet

  • What is a Tax Ratification Election (TRE)?

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    A TRE is a special election, called by the Fort Worth ISD Board of Trustees, asking the voters to approve a tax rate that is above the current $1.04 maintenance and operations (M&O) tax rate allowed by state law.

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  • What does this mean?

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    A school district must hold a Tax Ratification Election (TRE) when it is asking voters to consider raising the M&O tax rate above $1.04.  Fort Worth ISD is asking voters to consider an $0.11 increase (per $100 valuation) to the M&O tax rate which will, which will result in an additional $66 million for the school district to better serve our students.

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  • Why is FWISD asking for the TRE on November 3, 2020?

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    Our world and how we teach our students have both changed tremendously in the last few months.  We strive to ensure that every student in FWISD will have all the necessary tools they need to achieve success.  If the voters approve the TRE, we will focus these funds on the following priorities:

    • Campus safety and security – maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment for students, teachers and administrators is of the utmost importance for FWISD. Training, equipment, appropriate resources and support are all needed to provide physical, social and emotional safety for our campuses.
    • Technology and connectivity – every student deserves access to the tools that are needed to provide the proper opportunity for academic success. Technology equipment, connectivity, security and online instruction programs are all variables in the formula allowing all students equitable opportunity to achieve their potential.
    • Teacher recruitment and retention – we all want the very best teachers providing instruction for tomorrow’s leaders and we must work hard to provide competitive compensation packages for our teachers. It is these very educators who provide positive influence and the love of learning that prepare our students on a journey to lifelong learning.  Currently, FWISD ranks 24th among school districts in the DFW Metroplex.
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  • How will the TRE affect the tax rate?

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    FWISD is asking voters to decide on a tax ratification for the maintenance and operations (M&O) portion of the tax rate, which funds salaries, utilities and day-to-day operations that directly support campuses. If the voters support this initiative, the total proposed tax rate for homeowners would be adjusted from $1.28 to $1.37 (per $100 value).

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  • How will the proposed TRE impact taxpayers financially?

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    The TRE, if passed, would result in an additional 11 cents for every $100 dollars in property value. For the average homeowner in FWISD this equates to an additional $157 dollars per year or about $0.43, which is less than a cup of coffee, per day.

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  • Is the proposed structure permanent?

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  • Will this impact me if I am over 65 or disabled?

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    Residents who have already received an “Age 65 or Older” or “Disabled” exemption which has resulted in a freeze of their taxes will incur NO tax impact on their homestead as a result of an approved TRE in November 2020.

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Voting Information

  • Early voting begins Tuesday, October 13 and continues through Friday, October 20, 2020. Election day is Tuesday, November 3. The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Monday, October 5, 2020. The deadline to register in person to vote is Monday, October 5, 2020.

    For more information about voter registration in Tarrant County, please visit the Tarrant County Elections website.