Tax Ratification Election (TRE)



 
 

Early voting begins August 22

 

The McAllen ISD School Board has called for a Tax Ratification Election (TRE) for September 8. Safety and security were clearly the focus when the Board called for this “no total tax rate increase” Tax Ratification Election in June. 

 

Board members are in full agreement that, if the TRE is approved by voters, the additional state revenue generated would be invested into the following: 

 

• Making district wide facility security upgrades

• Police department security upgrades

• Hiring a police officer for each elementary school

• New science labs at McAllen High, Memorial, Rowe & Lamar Academy

• Making intercom upgrades in four schools

• Installing 134 defibrillators in facilities across the district

• Increasing staff compensation  

 

“It is important to know that, whether or not the TRE is approved, the total tax rate will remain the same,” McAllen ISD Superintendent J.A. Gonzalez said. 

 

The TRE would essentially shift taxes collected for debt repayment into daily operations. This “penny swap” would then allow the district to claim an additional estimated $7.8 million annually in state revenue from the Texas Education Agency. 

 

Early voting runs August 22-Sept. 4 although there will be no early voting on Monday, Sept. 3 due to the Labor Day holiday. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The early voting locations include:

• Fireman’s Pump House 201 N. 1st. St.

• Palmview Community Center 3401 Jordan Ave. 

• Lark Community Center 2601 Lark Ave.

 

Election Day will be Saturday, Sept. 8 with polls open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. On Election Day, voters will be allowed to vote from any location. These include:

 

• Gonzalez Elementary School              201 E. Martin Ave.

• Lark Community Center                     2601 Lark Ave.

• Lincoln Middle School                       1601 N. 27th St.

• Palmview Community Center             3401 Jordan Ave.

• McAllen High School                         2021 La Vista Ave.

• Fields Elementary School                   500 Dallas Ave.

 

McAllen ISD’s total tax rate is the lowest school tax in Hidalgo County at $1.155 per $100 of property valuation. The School Board has not raised this total tax rate in nine years and in fact, reduced it in 2015.  

 

Prior to calling for a TRE, the School Board wanted the community’s feedback. In May, the district collected input on the matter from the public through various face-to-face meetings with the community, parents and district staff, plus an online forum called Thought Exchange. More than 1,800 students, parents, employees and other members of the community participated. 

 

The district is guided by this decision in its Strategic Plan and a Facilities Education Master Plan.