Wed October 10, 2012
Georgetown Voters Approve Tax Rate Increase for Schools
The Georgetown school district says the extra money it will receive from higher tax rates won’t be enough to fill the gap left by state cuts to public education.
Georgetown voters decided yesterday that they would be willing to pay more money to fund their public schools. How much more depends on the value of their property, but the owner of a $200,000 home would pay an extra $80 a year. About 3,500 voters approved the tax ratification election 59 to 41 percent.
GISD has been struggling since the state legislature slashed public education spending by more than $5.4 billion last year. The district eliminated more than 200 employee positions, froze salaries and benefits, and stopped all major capital spending.
The higher tax rate will inject $2.1 million into school district coffers, but GISD spokesperson Brad Domitrovich says it won’t be enough to make up for state cuts.
“We’re not looking at restoring anything at all,” Domitrovich says. “What we’re doing is just maintaining the level of programs and services that we have now.”
But the Georgetown school board might consider a salary increase for all non-administrative employees. This is their second year without a raise.