Spring, Texas – June 17th, 2018: The Klein ISD tax rate will not increase 9 cents from $1.43 to $1.52 after voting ended last night with 55 percent of voters choosing to reject the proposal.
The tax increase was suggested by the Klein ISD Board of Trustees to fund existing projects in the district and implement additional security measures on elementary and intermediate school campuses.
A little over six percent of eligible residents cast their vote in the Klein TRE. Of those 9,229 voters, nearly 45 percent voted for the increase of the maintenance and operations tax rate, which has not been raised in 11 years.
5,063 voted against the tax rate increase. The M&O rate will thus remain at $1.04 per $100 valuation.
The total Klein ISD tax rate, which includes the 39-cent Interest and Sinking rate, will remain at $1.43 per $100 valuation.
The school district will now move forward with nearly $30 million in budget cuts, according to their website. This may include the equivalent of 525 staff members, or 8 percent, as mentioned in a video featuring Klein ISD Superintendent Bret Champion.
More information on the Tax Ratification Election can be found in our earlier story: Voting Underway For Proposed Klein ISD Tax Rate Increase.