Hutto ISD calls for tax ratification election

The Hutto Independent School District ordered a tax ratification election, or TRE, that if successful, will raise the tax rate to $1.67 per $100 of property valuation—a move district officials say is necessary to prevent more budget cuts within Hutto schools.

On July 12, the board voted to approve a 13 cent increase. District officials say the proposed rate increase is needed to offset a $1.2 million budget shortfall in the current fiscal year.

Last November, voters rejected a similar measure that would have raised taxes 6 cents per $100 of property valuation. The failure prompted the board to make steep cuts in April, and officials said without a TRE, more would be imminent.

At a public hearing before the board meeting, Ed Ramos, assistant superintendent of finance and operations, presented parents and residents with budget documents to explain the district budget shortfall and discuss what programs could be cut if the district does not make up the shortfall.

"If the TRE doesn't pass, then the $1.2 million we have cut would be permanent," Ramos said. "We would have to go back to the drawing board and look at another $1.3 million [cut] for the following year."

Ramos said without the TRE, possible measures could include further cuts to music and arts programs, instituting fees for transportation or eliminating bus routes.

"Our job is to give the information now so they make a good decision on the vote," Ramos said.

The new rate reflects a maintenance and operation tax rate of $1.17 and a debt service tax rate of 50 cents. Since the maximum M&O tax rate a district may adopt by law without a rollback election is $1.04, the board also called for a tax ratification election with a date set for Sept. 1. Should the measure fail, the M&O tax rate would fall back to $1.04.

For more information on the Hutto ISD budget, visit www.hutto.txed.net



MOST RECENT

The amended version of the planned development unit will now go to the Austin Planning Commission for review. (Rendering courtesy Austin Environmental Commission)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Austin commission OKs development plan near Lady Bird Lake; shopping center coming to Porter and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 15.

person on snowy road
Federal report finds more work is needed to prevent power outages during future winter storms

The report lists 28 steps states can take to prepare for the next winter storm.

The Stix Icehouse is readying to open in McKinney. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: 14-acre McKinney beer garden announces grand opening dates; Conroe ISD sees declining COVID-19 cases and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 4.

The 17,000-square-foot Marktplatz building to be used for Wurstfest ended up being about a $12 million investment. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Wurstfest to return for 60th festival; TikTok trend alarms Round Rock ISD and more top stories

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 1.

The 17,000-square-foot facility ended up being about a $12 million investment. (Community Imapct Newspaper)
Two years in the making: Wurstfest prepares for 60th festival after completing new facility

As area nonprofits and the Wurstfest Association prepare for the upcoming festival, Community Impact Newspaper takes a look back at the construction of the new Marktplatz building that began in late 2019.

Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde said Sept. 23 though the district has been awarded emergency funding, it has only had access to a fraction of it. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD superintendent lays out barriers to receiving emergency funding

Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde said while it seems that the district has received "millions and millions," it has been able to use a fraction of granted emergency funds.

The Austin metropolitan statistical area surpasses COVID-19 pandemic job losses. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin regains all pandemic job loss, San Antonio nearly misses top 10 best performing metros in the country

The Austin and San Antonio metropolitan statistical areas continue their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.