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Letters to the Editor

September 18, 2012

Tax rate should have been reduced

BEAUMONT — No one wants to harm the educational opportunities of Port Arthur’s children.  Due to the recent $300 million spent on new schools we have among the best classroom facilities of any school district in Southeast Texas.

The PAISD Administrative Staff and Board have asked for a tax rate increase.  Here are the facts!

At my request, the Jefferson County Appraisers Office provided me with the amount of taxes collected by PAISD to operate its schools.  Since 2010, the property tax revenue collected by PAISD has increased from $49.1 million to $62.4 million in 2012.  This is more than a 27% increase in two short years just to operate the schools.  If tax revenue for debt service is included the increase is nearly 32%.     

But the Superintendent and School Board apparently don’t think a 32% increase is enough.  They want even more!  They think the citizens of Port Arthur want to pay the highest school tax rates in Southeast Texas!  Instead of raising the tax rate, it should have been reduced!

On September 25th, the citizens of Port Arthur need to send a clear message to the Superintendent and Board.  Vote NO!  

Clark Colvin

Beaumont

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