At a recent public meeting on Galveston Independent School District’s tax ratification election, the crowd consisted of the superintendent, a school board member and a writer from The Daily News.
That’s probably a good thing. It probably means that most people who follow public affairs understand the school district’s proposal and quietly support it.
The Galveston Chamber of Commerce supports the school district’s proposal. The Galveston Coalition of Concerned Taxpayers supports the proposal. The Daily News supports the proposal.
There has been no organized opposition.
However, good things rarely happen by accident. Good things happen because someone takes the time and invests the effort to make them happen.
That’s why we’re reminding you that early voting continues this week. It’s the most convenient way to vote.
As a refresher, here are the key points of the school district’s proposal:
The segment of the tax rate that supports maintenance and operations will increase 2 cents per $100 of assessed property value.
The segment of the tax rate that supports bond debt will decrease by 3 cents, meaning the total tax rate will drop by a penny per $100 of assessed value. That’s a savings to you, the taxpayer, of $10 per $100,000 of assessed value.
While the Galveston school district has suffered under the state’s flawed system for financing public schools, the school district will get to keep the revenue from the 2-cent increase. The district is going to use that money — about $1.1 million — for raises.
The 3-cent decrease in the segment of the tax rate devoted to the interest and sinking fund was possible because the district saved about $8 million by refinancing bonds.
There’s just not much room for controversy here. This is a good proposal, and it will pass if those who take time to understand it will simply go to the polls.
Don’t miss the opportunity to do something good this week.
At a glance
WHAT: Early voting in GISD tax ratification election
WHEN: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Friday
WHERE: Galveston County Justice Center, 600 59th St., and Galveston ISD Support Center, 3904 Ave. T.