• FWISD VATRE

    If voters approve the new tax rate it will result in an additional $49,011,688 for the Fort Worth Independent School District. The additional revenue would be allocated to: 

    • Compensation for teachers allowing the District to be more competitive in attracting and retaining the best teachers
    • Safety, health, and security by providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and additional measures to clean and sanitize campuses
    • Connectivity and Devices such as Chromebook computers, hot spots and additional methods to provide broadband internet access for students
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Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election

  • At the August 17, 2020 workshop meeting of the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education, trustees approved an order calling for a Voter-Approval Tax Ratification Election on Tuesday. November 3, 2020.

    If voters approve the new tax rate it will result in an additional $49,011,688 for the District.  

    The additional revenue would be allocated to:

    • Compensation for teachers allowing the District to be more competitive in attracting and retaining the best teachers
    • Safety, health, and security by providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and additional measures to clean and sanitize campuses
    • Connectivity and Devices such as Chromebook computers, hot spots and additional methods to provide broadband internet access for students

    Another significant benefit to FWISD is that more local tax collections generates more state funding. Each dollar of additional local tax collected brings in an average of fifty cents of new state revenue to the District. That means that if voters approve the VATRE the District will receive an additional $22,000,000 from the state.

    State law requires that school districts seek voter approval to raise their tax rate above a prescribed amount.

    In order to fund the 2020-2021 District budget, the Board adopted a tax rate $1.0864 for Maintenance and Operations (day-to-day costs) and a rate of $0.2920 for Interest and Sinking (debt service) resulting in a Total Tax Rate of $1.3784 per $100 of property valuation. The adopted tax rate for the 2019-2020 budget was $1.282 per $100 property valuation.

    This proposed tax rate for 2020-2021 will effectively raise taxes for the Maintenance and Operations fund by 7.53%. The proposed I&S tax rate will not increase. For a $100,000 home that would mean an additional $96.50 in taxes.

    Early voting begins Tuesday, October 13 and continues through Friday, October 20, 2020. Election day is Tuesday, November 3. The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Monday, October 5, 2020. The deadline to register in person to vote is Monday, October 5, 2020.

    For more information about voter registration in Tarrant County, please visit the Tarrant County Elections website.

Voting Information

  • Early voting begins Tuesday, October 13 and continues through Friday, October 20, 2020. Election day is Tuesday, November 3. The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Monday, October 5, 2020. The deadline to register in person to vote is Monday, October 5, 2020.

    For more information about voter registration in Tarrant County, please visit the Tarrant County Elections website.

  • Teacher Compensation allowing the District to be more competitive in attracting and retaining the best teachers
  • Safety, health, and security by providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and additional measures to clean and sanitize campuses
  • Connectivity and Devices such as Chromebook computers, hot spots and additional methods to provide broadband internet access for students
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