The Refugio Independent School District’s tax rollback election failed to pass. Of the 278 total voters who cast a ballot, 218 voted against the proposal, with 58 voting in favor.
The proposed tax rate of $1.17 per $100 valuation would have increased the average property owner’s school taxes by approximately $72 per year on a homestead valued at $43,902.
The school district has 2,555 eligible voters; however, only 10 percent of that number voted.
Early voting amounted to 197 ballots cast, with 81 voting on Saturday.
The $1.17 per $100 valuation would have been 13 cents higher than the current rate.
With a $700,000 shortage of funds from the state, the school board left the decision to provide the extra revenue up to the voters.
“Now that the voters have declined that additional revenue, the RISD board faces the very difficult task of balancing the school district’s budgets for the next two years,” said Superintendent Jack Gaskins.