Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Education is a priority for my family and the constituents I represent, but I cannot support giving more of our tax dollars to a district that should make better use of the money they already have
Note: We received this letter from Mr. Isaac earlier this afternoon. We say "Stunner!" in the headline because it is rare for a state rep to publicly step into a local tax election, especially a local school tax election. And again, because it's not considered to be smart politics. Give Isaac a hat tip for stepping forward to voice his opinion.
Send your comments and questions to State Rep. Isaac at Jason.Isaac@house.state.tx.us or click on the "comments" at the bottom of the letter
Letter to the Editor
As a parent and a taxpayer in Dripping Springs, I am concerned about the 12.5 percent DSISD property tax increase on the November 8th ballot known as Proposition 2. Both of my children attend public school in Dripping Springs, and my wife and I are both actively involved in volunteering and coaching in the district. I understand the financial situation DSISD faces as well as the impact that higher taxes have on my family and the community, and I do not believe that a property tax increase is the necessary or appropriate course of action.
At a time when families and businesses across the state are spending their money carefully, it's only fair to ask school districts to examine their own expenses as well. In 2005, school districts were directed by the state to spend at least sixty-five percent of their budget in the classroom. Yet, according to Protect that Classroom, DSISD spends less than twenty-five percent of their money on teaching our students.
This means that over three-quarters of their funds are spent on administrative costs, debt and other non-classroom related expenses, way out of proportion with what the state and parents like myself expect from our schools. Although the District claims to spend close 54 percent in the classroom, that number ignores an entire sector of spending, such as repaying bond debt. Regardless of the math used, DSISD is still well below the statewide bar and should continue to strive to become a more efficient and effective district.
The district has recently laid off custodians and librarians while writing a check to the superintendent - who has voluntarily resigned - for $151,500 on his way out the door. Yet, instead of examining the imbalance between their classroom spending and administrative expenses, DSISD is turning to the taxpayers for a bailout.
I kept my promise to reign in inefficient government spending at the state level and pass a balanced budget without raising taxes this past legislative session. But, passing a significant local tax will undo any progress that we have made when it comes to fiscal responsibility.
Education is a priority for my family and the constituents I represent, but I cannot support giving more of our tax dollars to a district that should make better use of the money they already have. For this reason, I oppose the DSISD Proposition 2.
House District 45 - Serving Blanco, Caldwell and Hays counties
Posted by RoundUp Editor at 6:43 PM