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PSJA ISD lowers tax rate for third consecutive year

PHARR - The Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District Board of Trustees took action recently to lower the tri-city school district’s tax rate for the third consecutive year. During a regularly called school board meeting held August 26, 2019, the Board adopted the district’s budget and approved a tax rate of 1.2725, a reduction of almost 11 cents (10.67). In 2017, the Board committed to working on steadily decreasing the tax rate whenever possible. The Board acted that year to lower the rate by one penny and followed that with another one cent reduction in 2018. The combined actions over the last three years, has seen a reduction of almost thirteen cents (12.67), one of the largest tax reductions by any governmental entity in Hidalgo County. PSJA’s tax rate had been among the higher levies in the county due to voter approval of several large bond issues from 2006 through 2010. “I want to thank our citizens for their positive response to the needs of our district as they voted in favor of a number of bond elections, agreeing to tax themselves at a higher rate so that we could address the tremendous need we had for educational facilities,” said PSJA Superintendent Dr. Daniel King. “Thanks to the support from our taxpayers, we have been able to almost completely rebuild this district with more than $500 million in improvements over the past 12 years. PSJA has grown non-stop during its 100-year history, and for the first time we have caught up with that growth and fulfilled our promise to have modern facilities at every campus for all students.” Dr. King continued, “We are in better shape in regard to facilities than almost any district around, and our Board is committed to maintaining all our buildings in top shape. We have also put in plan a program of addressing all facility needs by budgeting for them annually within the operations budget. PSJA should not need to turn to the citizens for a bond issue for at least the next decade or two. Now our Board is committed to thanking our taxpayers and returning the favor by lowering the tax rate whenever this can be done without impacting the quality of our programs, services, and facilities.” Prior to the Board’s action in 2017, only one school district in Hidalgo County had a higher tax rate than PSJA ISD. Today, only 6 of the 15 school districts in the county ...

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