Denison ISD Board approves rollback election

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

DENISON, TX---If you live in the city of Denison, your taxes could soon go up. At a meeting Tuesday night, the Denison School Board approved a rollback election to be held in October.

If voters approve the rollback election, property taxes would increase by an average by $80 to $85 dollars per year. That money would then go to the school district, and would also make Denison eligible for state funding---funding the district desperately needs. Right now the school district is operating with an $800,000 deficit, so Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott proposed the rollback election.

Dr. Scott said, "We've got to go out in the community and make them aware exactly where the money is going to be spent and show them the value in doing that."

If voters approve the rollback in October, the money generated will be used to pay for DISD’S increasing electric bill, new computers, and salary increases for teachers, to name a few.

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  • by Ed Location: Denison on Aug 26, 2008 at 11:21 AM
    Fed up-If you move to Sherman your tax rate will be higher. They are proposing the same election that Denison is, but they are asking for a higher tax rate. Their current tax rate is higher than Denison's is now. Also the indoor facility at Denison High School was not paid for by one cent of tax dollars. It was paid by private funds not the school.
  • by M Location: Denison on Aug 26, 2008 at 06:53 AM
    I'm not sure about the exact numbers, but I know that nearly all of our surrounding districts have had or planned to have this election. So far, Bonham is the only city that hasn't ratified it. I've been a homeowner in Denison for four years. Three years ago, my school tax was $1.49. It was cut the next year to $1.04. What the district is asking for is only $1.17. I'm no math teacher, but it seems to me like the district is asking for very little and far less than the state cap of $1.50. We teachers work hard for our kids, and if you don't believe it, visit one of our schools or check out the improvements we've made on the TAKS. We are happy to prove our hard work to anyone. Please, I'm asking you as a citizen, a taxpayer, and an educator of your children, be informed before you make assumptions. If you don't believe Denison is being fair, I invite you to check out the proposed tax increase plans of other districts across the state. I think you'll be surprised.
  • by Anon Location: Anon on Aug 16, 2008 at 09:11 PM
    Hey, I'm one of those tenured teachers that went "South". I did want to. But, when you work year after year and see that there is never an even playing field in the district and it is not what you know - but, who you know - well, the pay increase down the road becomes more enticing. And, when you observe year after year of your classroom budget getting cut and no concern for the true needs of your students, the pay increase down the road becomes more appealing. And, when you drive past the DISD service center and see row after row of spanking new, gas guzzlin' suburbans or look up the salaries of so many administrators, the pay increase down South becomes hard to turn down. DISD Administration talks the talk - they just don't walk the walk. "Students are our primary concern." Sorry, I didn't see it. And, as a dedicated educator, I couldn't handle the needs of the students coming in so far behind Adminstrative wishes and salaries. Thanks for speaking up, David Carr!
  • by Anonymous Location: Denison on Aug 11, 2008 at 09:39 PM
    I won't be anonymous for long because I will be there for the election--NO!!!, is my vote. Like it has been mentioned before how much more do you expect for us to give? Dr. Scott I believe it's your turn to give (along with others)-give up some of your salary/job. You have already cost us & you won't get another dime from me. If taxes go up-then my family will move but not without a FIGHT first. What will You do if people start to move-then what? Have you thought about that. If there's a cut in kids then there will be cut for teacher's.
  • by David Carr Location: Denison on Aug 8, 2008 at 07:53 PM
    As my comments to the board show, I am in favor of cutting non-classroom expenses and putting the savings into the classroom for things like teacher salaries, aides, materials & supplies, and equipment. Less than 30% of the increase will fund teacher increases. Almost as much ($500,000) will go to a new phone system which the district is misleadingly calling "technology". Can we afford $2000 for every teacher? I'm not sure, although if we can find cuts elsewhere, I'm all for it. I believe the money belongs in the classroom, not at the Bus Maintenance Center on Texoma Parkway or at DISD HQ. The question is "Are you man (or woman) enough to discuss it without mudslinging?"
  • by Proud DISD Parent on Aug 8, 2008 at 05:02 PM
    My understanding is that the rollback is to match teacher salaries with those of similar districts. Though the sarcasm of 503 is a bit deep, the point is clear. If you have children in Denison ISD you know we have outstanding teachers and I would only hope that we continue to recruit and retain teachers that love to teach and rais their families here for generations to come. We could take advantage of their loyalty to stay when they know they could make thousands more by traveling to McKinney, Allen, Friscoe, or even Celina or Pottsboro, but should we?
  • by BF Location: NYC on Aug 8, 2008 at 04:46 PM
    I have no idea why the Giant's QB is ringing in on this but he should be more worried about the new sheriff in town...How Favre off can Carr be?
  • by Concerned Location: Denison on Aug 8, 2008 at 04:21 AM
    HELLO - we do live in a democracy and should be able to speak our views without getting being verbally assaulted! I admire David being able to voice his opinion publicly. consider the assumptions: 1. The tax increase is for the teachers to get raises. Is this the only way with 14 million in the bank? How much is going to the teachers? I think it's a percentage - possibly 40%. 2. teachers are leaving. A friend of mine applied. While very qualified, she did not get a job. There are NO job vacancies for teachers right now. There are more applicants than jobs. 3. More money is better. Well, I wanna Lexus, it's safer and faster. I better go tell my boss I need a raise.
  • by Tired Location: Spur 503 on Aug 7, 2008 at 01:57 PM
    You guys are right. Let's shut down all of the schools in D.I.S.D. and have all of the parents teach the students at home. They don't need the teachers and that will give them a chance to get the jobs they really want in Sherman, Pottsboro, and McKinney. They don't really want to be here anyway and it shows since most only stay an average of 15 to 20 years.
  • by David Carr Location: Denison on Aug 7, 2008 at 11:10 AM
    As Robert said, more personal attacks and an inability to specifically show what "lies" I am supposedly stating. All I see is mudslinging. By the way, for those of you who really want the facts, go look up what the Denison ISD Board of Trustees & Dr. Scott pay in school property taxes. Gordon Rutledge pays less than $35 per year in DISD property taxes on a house valued at $62,000. Dr. Scott pays $784.24 on a house valued at $180,000 with 66 acres of land. 3 board members and Dr. Scott have exemptions for being over 65 and their taxes won't go up. It's always easier to raise someone else's taxes.
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