McKinney residents were presented with a rare opportunity in late September. They had the chance to put their money where their mouth is. They were given the chance to say to the legislators down in Austin, “if you don’t pay for my kid’s education, then I will.” They had the chance to step up, dig a little deeper, and help foot the bill for the McKinney ISD.
McKinney’s TRE election was one of the most contentious elections in recent memory. For all the talk and bluster, less than 15 percent of the eligible voters in McKinney determined the future of MISD and McKinney as a whole. That number may seem small, but it dwarfs other recent local elections.
Shortly before 9 p.m. on Saturday night, the results were made official by Collin County election officials. The TRE had passed with 5,617 “yes” votes against 3,683 “no” votes.
By supporting the TRE, voters were approving a property tax increase of 13 cents per $100 of assessed home value to help raise the nearly $11 million needed by MISD to balance its budget and avoid massive personnel cuts. The budget deficit was due to the state of Texas reducing the amount of funding it provides to school districts to fund operations.
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TownSquareBuzz.com is looking back at the most newsworthy news events of 2013 with our annual top-10 countdown, running daily. The complete list, with links included, will be included at the bottom of every story in case you miss one and would like to go back to it.
TSB’s Top News Stories of 2013
1. Voters Approve Property Tax Increase to Help Fund MISD