Last year, my family relocated from Western New York to Collin County. Since my husband works at home, we were afforded the luxury of choosing what city we wanted to live in. As we have two children ages 10 and 12, schools were a major factor in our decision. After much research, we narrowed our focus to Allen, Frisco and McKinney.
Our decision to buy a home in McKinney was largely impacted by the schools and the “family friendly” feel of the area. At the time it was only the 5th best place to live, but shortly after we moved here the ranking moved to #2. Today, I am saddened to think that the outcome of the TRE could drastically change this wonderful city.
I simply cannot believe the discourse and misinformation regarding this issue. I have seen numerous “facts” stated incorrectly as a scare tactic to our community. For example, we are being told that as our home values increase, the increase in property taxes will provide more money for the district. Unfortunately, this is not true. The state of Texas will decrease their per-student funding DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR for any increase in property taxes. Also, it has been insinuated that if the TRE passes it will impact all homeowners. In fact, any homeowner that is over the age of 65 will be exempt from any tax increase.
Also, some of the letters and blogs against the TRE are written by people whose children have already graduated from MISD schools and have had the benefit of all the great programs. I understand that they do not want to see their taxes go up, but I cannot fathom how they can sleep at night knowing that what they are doing will have such a negative impact on the education of the children currently in the same schools their own children attended. These people keep saying that the answer is to cut administration. The facts show that further cuts to the administration (which has already been cut and then cut again) will not come close to meeting the deficit. If the TRE does not get passed, the only choice will be to cut teachers and programs.
Yes, if the TRE passes our taxes will go up. No-one (including the people that will vote yes) is excited about that. However, it’s an investment in this community and its future. If the TRE doesn’t pass, the value of my home (and yours) will drop. And yes, I too am angry. But my anger is directed toward the state of Texas for putting us in this position. Not at MISD, who is doing what they can to fix the problem. It is now in our hands. Please……get out there and vote yes for the TRE. Don’t let the misinformation that is floating around out there sway you otherwise. Get the facts – all the facts. I thank you, my children thank you, and the people that will buy my house (and yours) one day thank you.
Story submitted by Nancy Nori, Concerned Mom