SADLER — The Sadler & Southmayd Consolidated Independent School District board of trustees decided Monday to take the district’s tax rate to voters. The Tax Ratification Election will help maximize the benefits of the money the ISD receives from the state, will help avoid a shortage of funds and will not raise taxes, Superintendent Tommy Hunter said.

SADLER — The Sadler & Southmayd Consolidated Independent School District board of trustees decided Monday to take the district’s tax rate to voters. The Tax Ratification Election will help maximize the benefits of the money the ISD receives from the state, will help avoid a shortage of funds and will not raise taxes, Superintendent Tommy Hunter said.


Hunter explained the tax rate situation at a public hearing Monday. The current tax rate is $1.30 per $100 valuation altogether and is made of two parts: maintenance and operations (M&O) and interest and sinking (I&S). If the district keeps the tax rate at $1.04 for M&O and 26 cents for I&S, the district will generate $573,133 less in funds than they did during the 2014-2015 school year.


Hunter proposed that the district restructure the M&O and I&S rates so that the district can maximize state funding, generate $300,000 and not increase the tax rate.


"To sit still and not do anything to the tax rate would be catastrophic for the school district," Hunter said.


Hunter proposed that the district increase the M&O rate from $1.04 to $1.17 and decrease the I&S rate from 26 cents to 13 cents. This would keep the tax rate the same, at $1.30.


The district will use its reserve money to pay its debt for the 2015-2016 school year.


The restructuring must be approved by voters before it can be enacted. Since the board approved the TRE Monday, the issue will go to voters on Sept. 12.


Should the voters not approve the proposed changes, the tax rate will still stay at $1.30. However, Hunter said, the district will not gain an additional $300,000 in state aid. Furthermore, Hunter said, "Students will not benefit from the highest levels of funding ever provided by the state that guarantee S&S CISD students the same funding as students in Austin and Dallas."