Tax Ratification Election (TRE) 2012
In 2011, the state legislature cut education funding by $5.5 billion, and Deer Park lost about $14 million in funding. The District made a number of cuts, including reducing the number of employees and reducing budgets across the district. While these and other cuts helped reduce the budget by about $2.35 million, DPISD---like most school districts in Texas---has operated under a deficit budget since the state cut education funding. For the 2012-13 school year, the deficit is $8.5 million.
Thus, the District has determined that the best remaining option is to recommend a tax increase. DPISD’s maintenance and operations tax rate is currently at the state limit. Under state law, a school district can hold an election to increase the tax rate by up to 13 cents. DPISD will hold a Tax Ratification Election [TRE] on Dec. 15. Voters will be asked to consider a single item on the ballot---whether or not to approve the District’s recommendation to increase the local tax rate by 13 cents.
For more information about the TRE, click the following files.