Rally Day 2017 is an event not to be missed! Join Texas PTA on Monday, February 27 at the Texas Capitol and let your voice be heard! You’ll have an opportunity to get all the information you need about Texas PTA’s priorities for the 85th legislative session. Attending Rally Day is an investment of your time and financial resources that Texas students cannot afford for us to not invest.
Did you know that not all of the local property taxes collected and sent to the state to fund public schools are actually spent on public schools? According to the Legislative Budget Board, over the last 10 years approximately $14 billion dollars has been collected through local property taxes, of which $11.8 billion have been used to pay schools for increases in their student enrollment. The rest? It went into the state’s coffers to be spent on other things.
RISD COUNCIL OF PTAs RESOLUTION
A resolution in support of keeping all property taxes collected in the name of local school districts in public school districts.
- Whereas the State of Texas was the beneficiary of more than $4 billion from increases in property values paid via local school district maintenance and operations (M&O) property taxes during the 2016-2017 biennium; and
- Whereas the additional tax revenues from property value increases DO NOT result in additional operating revenue for local school districts to educate local students; and
- Whereas, as reported by the Dallas Morning News on November 18, 2016, Texas ranks 43rd nationally in terms of per pupil spending; spending $3,000 less than the national mean; and
- Whereas, Pre-K through 12th grade spending in Texas has declined by almost $3.6 billion since 2010 (adjusted for inflation), even as average daily attendance increased by 568,000; and
- Whereas RISD taxpayers expect their school property tax dollars to go to their local school district; and
- Whereas the Richardson ISD Council of PTAs believes in adequate and equitable school funding while maintaining accountability and responsibility for educating the whole child; and
- Whereas the Richardson ISD Council of PTAs believes in the transparency of taxation at all levels of government; and
- Whereas the state of Texas must meet its constitutional duties to provide sufficient resources for a system of free public schools and do so without the imposition of a statewide property tax; and
- Whereas RISD could use the funds generated by increasing local property values to enhance the educational experience of its students:
Be it hereby resolved that the Richardson ISD Council of PTAs demands that ALL school property taxes collected for public school districts in Texas, including dollars collected from property value increases, be used solely for public school districts, and no other legislative priority, entity, organization, department or effort shall benefit from the increase in school property tax value increases even though those dollars are reflected in the State’s General Revenue Fund.