October election to decide Midland ISD tax rate increase

October election to decide Midland ISD tax rate increase
Midland ISD school bus. (Source: KWES)

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - At Monday night Midland board of trustees meeting, it's members decided to let voters decide on a proposed increased tax rate in an October election.

The new tax maintenance and operations went from $1.04 to $1.09 nine cents. The interest in sinking (INS) rate was lowered from 10 cents to eight.

David Garcia CFO for the Midland Independent School District said, "We started early on and was looking at a $25 million dollar deficit. Some of the things being discussed were budget cuts as high as $18 million dollars and a potential tax rate election."

Garcia said a $10 million donation from the Scharbauer foundation helped ease the burden for the district.

"We were able to reassess our budget and reduce the cuts we were looking at that were so egregious as far as cutting thirty secondary classroom positions and nine elementary positions," said Garcia.

Garcia added teachers were close to paying $100 every month for health insurance and during the meeting he mentioned in his almost thirty years in the district this is the first time teachers salaries wouldn't rise. Voters can approve the tax rate Saturday October 8th, and Garcia said with high stakes like this they needed to have it separate from the November elections.

"This is such an important issue to our community that we wanted it to stand alone and wouldn't get masked into all the other issues that surround a general election," said Garcia.

Officials say if the tax rate is denied then it would hurt the district more.

The polling places voters will be able to go to are:

  • Commissioner's Court room in the Courthouse Annex at 210 North A St.
  • Codgell Learning Center - 201 West Florida Ave.
  • Centennial Library - 2503 West Loop 250 North
  • Golf Course Road Church of Christ - 3500 West Golf Course Road
  • St. Paul's Methodist Church - 4501 Thomason Dr.

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