McKinney voters decide how district pays recapture in May election

Voters had a say in how McKinney ISD makes its recapture payments in the May 1 election. (Courtesy Adobe stock)
Voters had a say in how McKinney ISD makes its recapture payments in the May 1 election. (Courtesy Adobe stock)

Voters had a say in how McKinney ISD makes its recapture payments in the May 1 election. (Courtesy Adobe stock)

McKinney ISD voters have given the district the permission it needs to continue its method of making recapture payments.

The ballot item asks voters to allow the district to purchase attendance credit from the state with local tax revenue in the May 1 general election. With all precincts reporting, results show 76.9% of the votes have been cast in favor of the measure and 23.1% have been cast against.

Because of a state law change, MISD had to ask voters to approve the process it uses to make recapture payments to the state each year.

The recapture program, also known as Robin Hood, requires property-wealthy school districts to send some of their local tax revenue to the state to be redistributed to property-poor districts. The goal, according to state officials, is an attempt to create financial equity among schools.

Since the 2014-15 school year, MISD has paid more than $13.6 million in recapture payments by purchasing attendance credits from the Texas Education Agency. The revenue from these attendance credits gets redistributed to other property-poor districts.


Every district in Texas that makes recapture payments uses this method, officials said. This election was slated for the May 2020 general election but was postponed until now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the measure passed, the district will continue to make payments as it has done for the past seven years.

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By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.