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TRE Dates for early voting, election information, voting location is MK Brown, Community converstaions on August 6th and 16th

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  • Question Mark Graphic A citizen's tax rate is made up of several tax rates from taxing entities including the city, the county, road and water, the public school district, and the local community college. Each entity sets the tax rates that are pertinent to them. For example, The Board of Trustees of Pampa ISD sets the tax rate for the school district, but it is only a portion of the tax payers overall tax rate. An increase in the tax rate for the Maintenance and Operations (M&O) for the school district, must go to the voters for approval.
  • Question Mark GraphicThis is a complex process; however, in the simplest of terms the local appraisal board and chief tax assessor determine the value of property in any given county in Texas. To learn more about how appraisal values are conducted, you can go to:

  • Question Mark logo In Texas, local school taxes are based on property values. There are two tax rates that are combined to make up the school tax rate: Maintenance and Operations (M&O) and Interest and Sinking (I&S). The M&O tax rate for Pampa ISD has not changed since 2006. The I&O tax rate DECREASED in 2012. Read more...

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  • QuestionOur citizens with Over 65 or Disabled Persons exemptions have established tax ceilings on their homesteads and those ceilings will not be impacted. In other words, homestead taxes are frozen for our citizens with the Over 65 or Disabled Persons exemptions unless the citizen is currently paying below their tax ceiling.
  • Question Mark GraphicThe state's funding formula for public schools is complex and convoluted. However, there are a few components that allow districts to maximize the formula. One of those components is called the Golden Pennies. 

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  • Question Mark Logo A TRE is a special election called by the Board of Trustees asking voters to approve an increase above the current $1.04 M&O tax rate. You may recall that the M&O portion of your school tax rate has been at $1.04 for the last 11 years. The State allows for the adoption of a tax rate exceeding $1.04 but this requires voter approval in the form of a tax ratification election or TRE. When voters approve an increase in the tax rate, the Target Revenue level increases. The State then sends additional dollars to the district for the additional effort approved by the voters allowing us to maximize the state funding formula.
  • Question According to the Texas Lottery Commission website, 27.1% of the proceeds go to fund public education.
  • If the TRE passes, the district will receive additional revenue both from local tax effort, but mostly from the state. This local revenue will be used to sustain student academic and extracurricular programs, maintain current student services in place, and provide the means for much needed facility, safety, and security projects.

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  • Question Mark Logo Initially, at least $1 million will need to be cut before the next budget cycle and the expenses from the current budget will need to be paid out of the current dwindling fund balance. Since there is no excess in the district's fund balance to support continued budget shortfalls, the Board and Administration would have no choice but to make more cuts in the coming years. With over 80% of the entire budget in payroll, staff would of course be an area to address for cutting back on the district's expenses along with other areas most likely from extra-curricular programs.
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