Frenship, Southland ISD tax ratifications take large leads in early voting

Frenship ISD voters gave the district’s tax ratification proposal a thumbs up, with about 73 percent of ballots cast in favor of the move aimed at giving the district nearly $500,000 more a year in state funding.

 

There were 1,545 votes cast in favor compared to 565 opposed in the tax ratification election, according to the unofficial cumulative results from the Lubbock County Elections Office released late Tuesday evening after polls closed on Election Day.

At close to 9:30 p.m., Frenship Superintendent Michelle McCord said she was happy about the results so far, but waiting cautiously for the final results.

“It looks promising at this point, so I am very excited,” McCord said just before the final results were released. “I am extremely grateful to the voters. Frenship would not be the excellent school district that it is today without the supportive community that we live in.”

The tax rate will remain at $1.49 per $100 of assessed property value regardless of the outcome of the election. The tax shift requires voter approval even though the overall tax rate will remain the same, according to the Frenship Communities Political Action Committee. It’s a move voters in other districts, including Lubbock Independent School District, have approved in recent years.

Southland ISD also approved a tax item on Tuesday’s ballot, with about 94 percent - or 31 of 33 early ballots - cast in favor in that district’s tax election, according to the elections office. Specifically, the item set the district’s ad valorem tax rate at $1.17 per $100 valuation, a rate that is $0.17824 higher per $100 valuation than the district’s rollback rate, according to the district.

In Frenship, the maintenance and operations tax rate funds payroll, utilities and operational supplies to teach children. The interest and sinking tax rate, also referred to as debt service, can only be used to pay for voter-approved bond projects, such as new schools.

By approving the two-penny shift, Frenship will get an additional $715,000 of locally generated money each year. Additionally, the state will send an extra $485,000 per year, giving Frenship ISD a total of $1.2 million more for operating schools.

The money from the tax will be spent to fund the expansion of Frenship’s prekindergarten program, enhancements in career and technology programs, the purchase of technological devices for students, additional instructional resources for students and enhancement of a learning management platform.

 

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