On July 10 the PISD board approved an ordinance to adopt the tax rate of $1.467209, which is the same as the current rate. They also approved the order for a Tax Ratification Election. What this means is that even though the overall rate will be the same to the taxpayers, the distribution of the tax monies will be different.
“The upcoming Tax Ratifiction Election will not increase the overall tax rate for our property owners but will generate an additional $2.3 million in revenue for the district,” said Dr. Matthew Mann, Superintendent Pleasanton ISD. “The revenue will be able to provide extra security to our campuses by the hiring of three additional police officers, and we will be able to give raises to our teachers and staff to stay competitive with our neighboring school districts.”
Currently, the Maintenance and Operations rate is $1.04. The ratification will adjust this to $1.17, taking the Interest and Sinking rate from $0.427209 to $0.297209, thereby leaving the total tax rate at the $1.467.
If this change passes the vote, there will be an additional $2 million in revenues, without changing the tax rate. This increase will allow for incentives to retain and attract quality staff/ teachers, increase safety on campus and allow for mental health support at campuses, addressing technology needs and providing more student programming.
Early voting will run August 15 to August 21 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday at the Pleasanton ISD Central Office, located at 831 Stadium Drive.
Election Day is August 25 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.