Voters approve Lindale ISD 2-cent tax rate increase

Published on Tuesday, 8 October 2013 23:16 - Written by Staff Reports

Lindale ISD will raise a portion of its tax rate after voters approved the measure to help fund new technology and security initiatives on campuses.

The decision will mean a 2-cent increase in the school district’s maintenance and operation rate, bringing it to $1.08 per $100 property valuation.

The district’s overall tax rate, which includes maintenance and operations and debt service, will actually decrease by two cents to $1.435 per $100 valuation.

Complete but unofficial results showed 465 people voted for the measure and 80 voted against.

The increase on the maintenance and operations portion of the tax rate will generate about $275,000 to be used primarily to buy classroom technology and more security for elementary school campuses.

“The board of trustees would like to thank all those members of our community who came out to vote and show their support for Lindale schools,” Lindale ISD School Board President Matt Watts said, according to a district news release. “Lindale is truly blessed with great students, involved parents, dedicated teachers and a community that is committed to the school district’s success.”

Watts said the district will be able to take a significant step forward in educating students, providing safe schools and using technology in classrooms.

With the funds, the district plans to hire up to two school resource officers for its elementary campuses. That would add to two already on staff.

The funds also will be used to buy more tablet computers for students in kindergarten through 12th grades.

The district has implemented a four-year plan to provide a tablet for every student.

“This successful election will make a great impact on our students and teachers,” Lindale ISD Superintendent Stan Surratt said, according to the news release. “Once again the Lindale community has shown great support for our district. It is very exciting that we will be able to add the tools we need to provide an exceptional education for our students in a safe learning environment.”