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Voters reject tax hike for Woodville ISD

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Woodville ISD voters went to the polls Saturday and reject a bid by the board of trustees to raise the maintenance and operations tax rate to $1.17 by a vote of 207 to 302. In early voting, voters leaned slightly in favor of the proposal, but election day voters were strongly against it, by a vote of 50 to 154. About 8 percent of WISD voters cast a ballot. The proposed rate was designed to capture additional state revenue and establish some sort of financial security for the next few years while the legislature wrangles with a more equitable school finance scheme. As of Sept. 1, WISD will lose an estimated $1 million for the current year's budget, although plans for a two-year program to replace revenue lost by the ending of the Texas Education Agency's Additional State Aid for Tax Reducation. Superintendent Glenn Conner explained in a video interview with the Booster (https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=ins1gNtKBjc) that some professional staff positions have been eliminated in the proposed budget for 2017. The remainder of the shortfall will come out of the general fund balance. Conner is hopeful that an interim legislative committee will come up with a new plan to put before the Texas Legislature in 2019.

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