Sherman voters to decide on school tax

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- We are all trying to save money in these tight economic times, but soon Sherman residents may actually be paying more. Some Sherman leaders say they are in favor of raising taxes. Rashi Vats explains.

School officials have said for some time that state education funding is not increasing, but the needs of local schools are. Voters in the Sherman Independent School District are set to decide on a 13-cent tax increase proposal.

Early voting on the issue has already started, and one business group is speaking out in favor of the increase.

"We do want to support this so that they can get the money that they need, and they are not hindered, and they're not going to have to cut any programs that are absolutely necessary to provide that well educational force and skilled workforce," Sherman Chamber of Commerce president Traci Carlson says.

And if not approved, school officials say they will have to cut resources they need.

"The benefits are not only for our daily operations, but for the programming that we have in place that we think works well for them," Sherman ISD superintendent Al Hambrick says.

Old school buses should have been replaced a long time ago with the fleet replacement program. If the tax ratification is approved, then Sherman ISD could be purchasing more new buses.

If approved, homeowners would pay an additional $130 a year for a home with a taxable value of $100,000.

"We are doing our very best to get the word out, and we ask that people would go vote,” Dr. Hambrick added.

Sherman is not alone in the proposed tax changes. School officials say it is a statewide issue that over 1,000 districts are dealing with.

Voting on the issue is set for next Saturday, October 4. Early voting is underway now.

For more information, check the following links:

Sherman Tax Ratification Election Information Page 1

Sherman Tax Ratification Election Information Page 2

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 1, 2008 at 01:22 PM
    No, no, and NO!
  • by Kathy Location: Sherman on Oct 1, 2008 at 12:10 PM
    My taxes will increase almost $400.00! That really hurts! I want to see how SISD spends it's money...line by line.
  • by Phil Location: Sherman on Oct 1, 2008 at 10:33 AM
    I agree with shermanite, let's stay focused on the issue. This is about a tax increase pure and simple. Very little of the increase is designed to affect the salaries of the teachers, or the quality of education received by the students. Do not be led into believing that voting against the increase is going to hurt the students. The level of education is mandated and the SISD must meet that mandate. Please get out and vote AGAINST the rollback. Keep your hard-earned money in your pocket and not in theirs.
  • by shermanite Location: shertown on Oct 1, 2008 at 07:47 AM
    I get tired reading some of these ignorant comments that have nothing to do with the topics.This isn't about demographics in schools or about the parents that don't dicipline those so-called hoodlums, this is about a Tax Increase. Keep the topics at hand please.take a note from jon blaze and others that posted similar comments you might learn something.
  • by Ardmore Mom Location: Ardmore on Oct 1, 2008 at 06:43 AM
    I really hate it when the schools or the government just tax us to death because they can't manage money or they waste it. I have a son in middle school and he was issued a workbook in math, later on the teacher tells the kids they can through it away or lose it if they want because he won't be using it in class, and this is in Ardmore, that ticked me off when my son told me that! Ardmore City Schools wasting money as usual!
  • by Could be Worse Location: Durant on Sep 30, 2008 at 09:59 PM
    We just passed a sales tax to build a new high school! On the books for 25years this tax is. We will generate tens of millions of dollars above what is really needed and still get rich in the process! Told ya it pays to be on the school board! Thats even after we triple the bankers investment via legal interest and fee's! All in the name of education! And the funny thing is these inbreds around here think our plan is going to benifit all of them and the children!
  • by Nuff said Location: Sherman on Sep 30, 2008 at 02:54 PM
    It's up to each and every one of us to go vote. If you don't vote, then don't whine.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2008 at 09:35 AM
    I dare you
  • by JOE BLAZE Location: SOUTHWEST on Sep 30, 2008 at 09:24 AM
    you people are so uninformed this is a half to situation,it has nothing to do with spending to much or spending on the wrong things... the state took funds from each school in texas.. the kids will suffer if this does not pass services will be cut period...larger classes less instruction less help for students who need it if you want your schools to go down hill well its upi to you
  • by Boo Location: Sherman on Sep 29, 2008 at 08:12 PM
    To Mike,Have you heard any of the teachers speak proper English? I think not! As far the rest of the of the school board or anyone else in public education?? PLEASE..
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