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Tax Ratification Election (TRE)

Huntsville ISD Tax Ratification Election (TRE)

"Penny Exchange"


HISD TRE PASSED by 72.63% on November 7, 2017
Votes For - 2627
Votes Against - 990
Election Results Canvassed and Approved by the Board on November 16, 2017.
Thank you to the voters for supporting the HISD TRE!



Election Info:


Election Day is Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Polling Sites Open from 7 AM to 7 PM.
Early Voting begins Monday, October 23, 2017 thru Friday, November 3, 2017
at the Walker County Annex from 8 AM to 5 PM.
Extended voting hours available on Tuesday, October 24 & Tuesday, October 31.
TRE Informational Video

The Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees is asking voters to consider a change on how we collect school district taxes to maximize our state funding. The proposed change would bring the district an estimated $750,000, or more, in additional state revenue annually without increasing the overall total tax rate for the school district.


A school district’s total tax rate is made of two parts, or "pockets."
  • Maintenance and Operations (M&O) pocket pays for daily operations including salaries, instructional materials, student resources, facility maintenance and operational expenses.
  • Interest and Sinking (I&S) pocket is much like a home mortgage, and can only be used to pay for the district's annual debt payments on voter-approved bonds.
M&O pennies are worth more, and generate more funding than I&S pennies. By moving 6 pennies from the I&S side to the M&O side the district would receive an estimated $750,000, or more, in state revenue from Austin. The State of Texas rewards districts for making tax effort.  This state aid would be NEW money for the district that would be received annually.  This additional state revenue to the district would be used for teacher and staff salaries, instructional resources, facility maintenance, and other operating expenses.
Through a voter approved Tax Ratification Election (TRE), or "Penny Exchange," HISD could make this 6 penny move without changing the overall school district total tax rate which is currently set at $1.18.  If voters approve the TRE proposal to increase the M&O tax rate by 6 pennies, the HISD Board of Trustees has already approved unanimously by order on August 21, 2017, stating that if the TRE passes it would decrease the I&S tax rate down by 6 pennies to offset the increase thus keeping the same total tax rate at $1.18. 

However, this movement requires voter approval.  Voters would have to "ratify" the tax rate because of the increase to the M&O portion of the tax rate, taking it from $1.04 to $1.10.  By law, the district must ask voters to consider this ratification, or approval to the increased tax rate, and therefore has called this Tax Ratification Election (TRE) for November 7, 2017.  The proposal on the ballot is to seek voter approval for the 6 cent increase to the M&O tax rate making it $1.10 for the purpose of generating additional local and state revenue for district maintenance and operations.

NOTE: This will require restructuring of the tax rate but it will NOT increase the overall total tax rate for the school district.

Once again, if voters approve the TRE proposal to increase the M&O tax rate 6 pennies higher, the HISD Board of Trustees already ordered that it would decrease the I&S rate by 6 pennies to offset the change to maintain the overall current tax rate of $1.18.

Whether the tax ratification election passes or fails, there will be NO increase to the Huntsville ISD overall total tax rate, it will remain at the current rate of $1.18.

 Your Vote Matters in this important Huntsville ISD Election!
Please be informed and vote! 


Do you need more information?
Please view our TRE Informational graphics or pdf version shared below for visual explanation.
Informational Graphic Flyer



Tax Rate Comparison Chart

Huntsville ISD's Current Tax Rate compared to area districts
before the TRE "Penny Exchange" proposal.
Channel 7's City Spotlight Interview on the TRE

Tax Ratification Election Information Presentation for the Community
Monday, October 30 @ 6 PM H
HISD Hawkins Administration Building Boardroom,
441 FM 2821 E
HISD Interim Superintendent Fred Rush will present facts about the current TRE “Penny Exchange” proposal, clarify ballot language & answer related questions citizens may have about the current HISD election.

Please join us!

Ballot Information

The wording on the ballot is prescribed by law.  
What you will read is:
"Approving the ad valorem tax rate of $1.10 per $100 valuation in Huntsville Independent School District for the current year, a rate that is $0.06 higher per $100 valuation than the school district rollback tax rate, for the purpose of generating additional local and state revenue for district maintenance and operations."
Law requires the ballot to read as written above. The ballot shows a total tax rate of $1.10, which is an increase of $.06 in the Maintenance and Operations (M&O) tax rate. The Board of Trustees announced at the August 21, 2017 special called board meeting, that should this TRE pass, the Interest and Sinking (I&S) tax rate will be lowered by $.06 to offset the increase in the M&O rate. This shift will maintain the same overall tax rate at $1.18 for the 2017-2018 school year.
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