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Fort Bend ISD to Hold Virtual Community Information Session on Voter Approval Tax Rate Election

FORT BEND ISD (October 7, 2022) – On Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 11:30 a.m., Fort Bend ISD will hold a virtual Voter Approval Tax Rate Election information session with Superintendent of Schools Christie Whitbeck and Deputy Superintendent Steven Bassett.

During this virtual event, Whitbeck and Bassett will share detailed information about the VATRE and answer questions from the community.

The FBISD Board of Trustees approved the Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election during its Aug. 22 regular business meeting. The VATRE will appear on the ballot in the upcoming Nov. 8 election. The state legislature requires voter approval of a tax rate increase that generates additional revenue for public schools.

The proposed tax rate of $1.2101, the same rate as last year, will generate additional revenue due to increased property valuations.

The district says the additional revenue will be used to:

  • Address the deficit

  • Provide funding for safety measures, including assigning police officers to every elementary school campus

  • Allow increased compensation for teachers, raising starting pay to $60,000 for 2022-23

  • Allow for increased compensation for auxiliary staff and paraprofessionals

  • Allow for long-serving staff to receive years-of-service supplemental pay

The district encourages anyone to submit questions in advance at the link below.


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