Allen ISD Asking For Tax Increase

ALLEN (CBS 11 NEWS) –  First came the layoffs caused by the school funding problems.

Now some school districts are hitting homeowners with tax increases to offset the cost of public education.

Allen voters started heading to the polls this week to decide on a tax increase that would make it one of the area’s highest.  If they reject it, the Allen ISD might have to lay off more teachers and increase class sizes.

AISD wants to raise its tax rate 13 cents, to $1.67 per $100.

Allen homeowners already pay higher school district taxes than people in several neighboring cities.  Here are some of those current tax rates:

  • Richardson ISD:  $1.34
  • Dallas ISD:  $1.24
  • Plano ISD:  $1.35
  • Frisco ISD:  $1.39

Still, there are a several organized campaigns to support this referendum.

A group called “Kids First” has started mailing fact sheets to encourage support.

Among their points: Allen schools have the highest student to teacher ratio and receive less money from the state than other Collin County cities.  The group also says the state has cut $21 million from Allen’s school budget and with 600 new students every year a tax increase is unavoidable.

The election is Saturday, October 8th.

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  • John Fed Up Doe

    The Allen ISD doesn’t tell the voters that their taxes will be the highest rate in Collin County.. They don’t say that their reckless decisions on a hole–in-the-head $60 mill stadium and a $30 mill event center are the real reasons for a ‘needed’ tax increase. They plead that they will lose teachers’ jobs and force increased class sizes if taxes are not raised. Ordinarily such a decision might be wise, but I would not support it unless the school board resigned en mass.

    The high school already has a very effective stadium. They do not need a second one in times of recession, a stadium that costs as much as the Cowboy’s old stadium, is an outrage! This is a high school, not the NFL!

    The event center also boasts a $90,000 Steinway Grand piano. The Classical Music Superstars go to the Meyerson, not a sports arena.. What in H do they need a Steinway for a rock concert?

    Please investigate the above to determine the veracity. The Allen voters have a right to know. I am deliberately furnishing a false name and e-mail because I fear reprisal. Good luck!

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