Pettus ISD voters approved a 13-cent tax rate hike by a narrow margin.
The vote was 198 in favor of the increase with 194 against.
Superintendent Tucker Rackly said, who was thrilled to see the additional money coming into the school, said, “We worked hard. The board has worked hard. The school is certainly going to benefit from it. The children of Pettus ISD were the winners in this election.”
The district, he said, needs the extra financing and that most residents will only see a slight increase or none at all.
He added that in the long run, increasing the tax rate now will actually save the district money.
Rackley has a list of improvements that are needed, including elementary refurbishing, new vehicles, safety repairs to the football stadium and basic operating costs due to cuts in federal and state funding.
The superintendent pointed out that PISD’s rate is still more than 10 cents lower than rates of other county districts.
The district is striving for long-term building of funds to avoid a larger tax increase in the future, Rackley said.
Rackley said that with the 13-cent increase, the state will give PISD just over one dollar for every dollar raised by the increase.
“This means that passing the 13-cent increase will save the taxpayers of PISD more than $1 million over the next eight to 10 years,” Rackley said.
The superintendent said the district has been commended by the Texas comptroller’s office for academic growth while keeping spending low.
“I was asked to participate in a survey of good practices and I have been informed that the comptroller’s office will be producing a data base for schools to access when they need help on ways to save money,” Rackley said in a previous interview. “They have told me they intend to use several of the PISD strategies.”