Tuesday last day for vote on Lindale ISD tax rate

Published on Sunday, 6 October 2013 22:58 - Written by FAITH HARPER fharper@tylerpaper.com

Tuesday is the last day for Lindale ISD voters to weigh in on a tax ratification election.

If approved, a portion of Lindale ISD’s tax rate would increase, but the overall rate will come in 2 cents lower than last year.

The measure would bring in an additional $275,000 in added revenue annually, according to the district. The funds would be used to enhance technology on campuses through the purchase of tablets and to enhance security at its elementary campuses.

Lindale ISD taxpayers are proposed to pay $1.435 per $100 valuation. Of that, $1.08 will be geared toward operations of the district and 35.5 cents to its bonded debt.

If approved by voters, the $1.08 will not go down, but the district cannot take on additional bonded debt without voter approval.

Maya Bethany, Lindale ISD public information officer, said 279 voters submitted their ballots during the early voting period last week. Superintendent Stan Surratt said the turnout was “about average.” 

“I hope we have a good turnout on Election Day,” Surratt said. “With voter approval, the district will put more technology in the hands of students and add additional security at the elementary campuses.”

This is the second tax ratification election the district as held in recent years. A 2-cent increase was approved in 2008, bringing the rate from $1.04 to its current $1.06 per $100 property valuation. Voters can submit their ballots at the Lindale ISD Administration Building, 505 Pierce St. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.