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No brainer

RISD voters should endorse Tuesday proposal despite that T-word

This is an editorial which shouldn’t be necessary urging residents of the Rockdale ISD to go vote in favor of the school district’s tax ratification proposal.

The election is Tuesday and early voting ends Friday.

It’s a no-brainer. Here’s the simple explanation of what is not a simple situation.

If we vote for the proposal the tax rate will be $1.36 and the district will receive more than $900,000 addition funds to put toward its general fund.

If we vote against the proposal the tax rate will be $1.36 and the district will not receive $900,000 in additional funds for the general fund.

Why would anyone vote against it? That’s an excellent question, but here’s a guess. Some people may only see the word “tax” on a ballot proposal and automatically press the “no” button without really thinking about what the proposal means.

Here’s what the ballot says: “Approving the ad valorem tax rate of $1.49 per $100 valuation in Rockdale Independent School District for the current year, a rate that is $0.13 higher per $100 valuation than the school district rollback tax rate.”

Yes, if you didn’t know what it means you might interpret that as a tax increase. Yes, the RISD knows that but this is how the proposal must be listed.

Four persons cast ballots against a similar election two years ago in the Milano ISD. (It passed, 103-4).

That’s a legitimate concern. It’s also a concern the location for Tuesday’s election will be a place where Rockdale-area voters aren’t used to casting ballots, Rockdale High School.

The good news is that early voters are having no problem finding another unfamiliar location for early voting. A total of 102 have cast early ballots through Tuesday in the Rockdale ISD Administration Building, 520 West Davilla.

If past elections are any indication, half or more of the ballots will be cast early.

The additional $900,000 is earmarked for staff, maintenance, athletics, and transportation.

One more time. It won’t raise our school tax rate.

Vote yes.—M.B.


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