Both sides weigh in on Victoria ISD’s upcoming bond and voter approval tax rate election

The November 2 election is now two weeks away, with those for and against the propositions weighing in

VICTORIA, Texas – Victoria Independent School District’s upcoming voter approval tax rate election and bond election will be on the ballot for the November 2 election, which is now just two weeks away. Victoria ISD has had two prior bond proposals that have both failed, but the district is hoping the third time’s the charm to pass the propositions. However, some community members are opposed to the bond because of hesitancy towards a tax rate increase, like community member Emett Alvarez.

“So now you’re asking the voters for three cents, above that tax decrease so what is that…it’s a tax increase, so in my opinion, they’re all tax increases. This is a property tax increase for VATRE,” says Alvarez. He also says that he hopes for a debate event where community members can voice their concerns to the Victoria ISD board members.

Victoria ISD Superintendent Quinten Shepherd says that the two proposition A’s, one to increase staff pay and the other for district-wide facility repairs, if passed, would come with no additional tax rate increase.

“There’s no additional tax rate increase if both proposition A’s are approved. So there are two proposition a’s, when people go vote they’re two separate votes, if both of these were to be approved there’s no new additional tax rates to be put forward,” says Shepherd. He also encourages anyone that has questions about the propositions to reach out to the school district via email at bond@visd.net.

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Infographic from Victoria ISD explaining the VATRE and bond election

The four community elections under consideration are as follows:

  • Proposition “A”: 3-cent VATRE (voter approval tax rate election) this would raise staff pay to more competitive rates.
  • Proposition “A”: Facility bond election, district-wide priority repairs.
    • If approved, these two “A” propositions would result in no total tax rate increase
    • There are two separate proposition “A”s
  • Proposition “B”: Facility bond election, new Stroman Middle School
  • Proposition “C”: Facility bond election, New Mission Valley Elementary School

The total maximum tax impact per household if all propositions were to pass would approximately be, per every $100,000 home in Victoria, $86.50 a year, or $7.21 a month. This bond will not increase taxes for residents 65 years of age or older who have filed their Homestead Exemption.

Each proposition will be a stand-alone vote on the ballot, so voters will have the choice to pick and choose which propositions they want to vote for.

Click here to learn more about the VATRE and here to learn about the proposed bonds. For frequently-asked-questions about the propositions click here.

For information about early voting and polling locations click here.