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Temple I.S.D. Proposes New Tax Rate Increase

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The Temple Independent School District is looking to pass a new tax rate increase focused on expanding academic programs, increasing school security, and adding new technology and transportation for schools throughout the district.

The passage of this tax increase would be a continuation of a 10-year plan started nearly six years ago when two multi-million dollar bonds were passed by voters to help build new facilities and renovate older facilities across multiple schools in the district.

The Temple I.S.D. is trying to pass the tax ratification election in an effort to continue it's educational growth and performance as one of the top school district's in the area, but due to state revenue funding cuts, they are now having to turn to taxpayers for that money.

School officials are counting on this new tax increase to give them the help they need to give students the best education possible.

"We compete with other school districts, colleges, not just locally, but with the united states and globally," Temple I.S.D. superintendent Dr. Robin Battershell said. "I think what this does is it prepares our kids for regardless of where they go when they graduate from high school, and what they do, and the second thing is it really equalizes the educational opportunities for students in Temple."

While the school district says that in addition to providing much needed new technology for students, the new tax increase would allow for improvements including new buses and the continuation of academic and after school programs, but there are also those in the area who say that any tax increase in the district will only hurt the local economy and the community as a whole.

"People should understand that these are very difficult times, and when you raise taxes, it's a liberal template that is a failed formula," Central Texas Tea Party president John Alaniz said. "It just doesn't work. It doesn't help our economy. It doesn't allow for more jobs. We just need to be concerned about the rate of spending and taxation in our community."

If the proposed tax ratification election passes with voters, district taxpayers would pay $80 per each $100,000 home valuation or $6.67 each month to fund the project.

Early voting on the tax ratification election is already underway with the actual election date set for Saturday, September 21 at the Temple I.S.D. office.

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