Citizens and employees of the Keller (TX) Independent School District spoke to the school board in recent response to the district’s failed Tax Rate Election (TRE). Concerns came from individuals who are concerned about the personnel cuts the district will propose this summer which could impact hundreds of jobs.
The TRE, which failed to pass by 17 percent of the popular vote on June 18, prevented a $0.13 property tax hike that was designed to offset budget cuts the districts will experience after the current state legislative session creates across the board cuts to public education.
The vote was largely opposed by a group known as the KISD Families for Fiscal Responsibility which opposed the tax hike in an effort to create what the group calls a “fiscally sound school district”. The group is demanding the district make cuts to their budget without raising taxes.
Keller ISD has responded. On the KISD web site, the district has issued proposed cuts that the district will make in response to the failed elections. In reality, the state budget shortfall, the unequal state funding formulas, and the structural tax deficit put in place in 2006 are the main issues for Keller’s budget woes. These issues are statewide problems for all Texas school districts.