WHAT IS A VOTER-APPROVAL TAX RATE ELECTION?
Voters must approve any proposed school board increase in the tax rate when that tax rate is above the minimum established by the legislature. Such an election is called a Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election or "VATRE".
For tax year 2020, the legislature compressed the district's tax rate by a total of 7.71 cents. Although the total tax rate adopted by the district is decreasing by 3.71 cents, a VATRE is required to capture 4 of the 7.71 cents in order to maximize state funding.
Pearland ISD’s Maintenance and Operations (M&O) tax rate has remained the same or declined in each of the past 15 years. The district has never asked for an increase to the maintenance and operations tax rate.
How much will the tax rate increase?
Passage of the VATRE will result in a nearly $10 million funding increase for the District. This proposed increase to the tax rate will require voter approval, but still decrease the overall school tax rate by 3.71 cents, because of state mandated tax compression.
Why Call a VATRE?
There are several primary reasons Pearland ISD has called for a VATRE:
- 1:1 Device Initiative
- Enhance Learning Programs
- Competitive Salaries
If the VATRE is approved by voters in November, the total tax rate will still decrease by 3.71 cents. Homeowners of an average taxable home in Pearland, which is valued at $257,742, would see a decrease of $95.62 on their annual taxpayer bill. Approval of this tax rate also maximizes school district funding by nearly $10 million.
Maintenance & Operations Tax Rate
Last 15 Years + Proposed 2020 Tax Rate
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election (VATRE)
What will the ballot say on November 3?
When can I vote?
Where can I vote?
How do I register to vote and when is the deadline for voter registration?
Will I see a tax bill increase or decrease if the VATRE passes?
How is the District planning to use the additional funding generated?
How are Pearland ISD Operating Expenditures funded?
What are the components of the M&O tax rate?
Why has the District waited this long to call a VATRE?
October 5, 2020
Last Day to Register to Vote
October 13, 2020
First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance
October 23, 2020
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
October 30, 2020
Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance
November 3, 2020
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail