The Fort Worth ISD has called for a Voter Approval Tax Ratification Election – or TRE – on the November ballot. Early voting begins Tuesday, October 13 and continues through October 30, 2020.
If it passes, the Voter Approval TRE would generate $44 million annually for all FWISD students and staff. The state would match every dollar the ISD raises by 0.50 cents for a total possible revenue of $66 million.
Money raised by the TRE would provide for three main areas:
Increased 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.
If the TRE is approved, the tax rate for homeowners would increase from $1.28 per $100 value, to $1.37. That would increase property taxes about $3 a week or $13 dollars a month, based on the average value of homes within Fort Worth ISD. For homeowners age 65 or older, there would be no increase to their total tax amount.
We encourage all residents to learn more about this measure by visiting our Voter Approval TRE website at www.fwisd.org/election. While there, you can sign up to attend a Zoom Town Hall meeting hosted by Superintendent Kent P. Scribner.