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8.08.2006

I'll Ask Alan Greenspan . . .

Taxes down?: From today's Update: Decatur school district property owners could feel significant relief from taxes next year after the school board voted 5-0 last night for a proposed tax rate of $1.5503 per $100 valuation. That’s a drop of nearly 19 cents over the current rate and it is projected that would save the owner of a $165,000 home more than $600. But taxes up?: From the July 25th Update: BOOM CONTINUES – Wise County’s tax values are up almost 22 percent according to final figures released Monday by Wise County Appraisal District Chief Appraiser Mickey Hand. Total county values stood at 5.4 billion, up almost $1 billion from 2005. Aside from the county, Decatur ISD has the highest tax values at $1.6 billion, up 26.5 percent from last year. I'm a little math challenged, but I would think the increase in appraisals would wipe out any tax rate drop.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yea Think !!

Anonymous said...

The games continue. High taxes and poor scores. Remember on most TAKS test you only have to score between 53 to 60 percent to pass.Wanna bet the new dollars are going to admin, coaches and the "Grand Palace?"

trappedinchico said...

The old bait and switch. Or shell game. Lower the tax rate, but raise the appraisal values. Fight it. I did.

greta said...

Trapped - Did you win that fight?

Anonymous said...

The only way to get the board (any board) to stop excessive spending is the light of day. Barry we need a blog devoted solely to ed in WC where we can highlight waste and wrongdoing

trappedinchico said...

greta, yes I did. Two years in a row. This year I wasn't able to keep it at the level I did at my first dispute, but it is far below what the appraisal district wanted.

Also, if enough people dispute the values maybe the lights would go on in the appraisal district office that maybe the appraisals are a bit too high.

Anonymous said...

Doe anyone here really understand the school finance issue? There is much more than what you see on the surface. Sure property values went up and yes there is a mandated reduction in the tax rate from the state but do you understand the implications for DISD becoming a Chapter 41 or "Rich" District?
Do you understand that the folks in Austin have not only taken money away from you in state aid but also are now going to make you as a district send them a check to help pay the bills of a poor district. Before you jump on the increase in property values bandwagon go ask how much of that value is gas and oil, go ask how much is new business growth. If you really want to make a difference then get involved, run for office and try to make a difference.

goober said...

The greatest impact you can have is to elect state Reps./Sen. that understand the common taxpayers plight and are willing to gamble their political careers to help the common taxpayers. It's called "THROW THE BUMS OUT!!!!" Vote against every incumbent possible, starting with Phil King and ol' what's his face up in Wichita Falls. Send the message "We're MAD AS HELL AND WE"RE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANY MORE!!!!"

Anonymous said...

BINGO, Goober!! Vote each and every incumbant out... even if there might be some good ones. The message sent is " if you are in office, make things right, or out you go!"
Until ALL incumbants are voted out, no one will take that message seriously. VOTE EM OUT!

Anonymous said...

Don't blame the school district and teachers for poor scores. That's like blaming your car because you didn't get to where you wanted to go. The facilities are there, the staff is there, the desks and books are there, the extra curricular facilities are there, and the teachers are there. All waiting to educate and develop a kid. What's missing is the parents' involvement and decision-making (internet, video games, language, clothing, saying "no", showing love and support, etc.) that results in a kid showing up and ready and able to learn. Look around you. Look at the future leaders. Sorry, not the fault of schools or teachers.

Anonymous said...

4:09 you're (not your) pretty much right on. Just wait, to, some poster will come on and point out a poor teacher so will condemn them all. The biggest single improvement in our schools would be required parental involvement and responsibility. Another needed improvement: school boards who hold staff accountable and voters who hold boards responsible.

Anonymous said...

4:09 - you do make good points. Teachers are there - ready and willing to educate our children.

In visiting with many of these great teachers, they are doing the best they can at low salaries and competing with all kinds of extra curricular activities - mainly sports. How is a kid going to have time for homework when he or she is attending mandatory practices at all hours of the evening? This is stupid. What messages are we sending our kids?

We are just out of whack on our priorities in public education.

Will we as taxpayers and parents wage war over this?

Doubtful. We really don't like folks like that. They are out of step with the popular view.

And 4:47 had a good point: Hold school boards accountable. Or better yet, run for the school board.

Thank you Wise County teachers! Keep the faith, if you can!

Anonymous said...

You know what is sad about those tests is that your general population of students can do great on the test but if a school has low scores in the low socio-economic, minority, or attendance catagories, it affects the whole overall rating. What really makes me mad about the whole thing is that most of our kids will do fine on the test but teachers will be forced to cram that test down the throats of kids in order for districts to get pretty plaques on the outside of their school. It bothers me that my children will be forced to spend their time preparing for a test rather than learning to love knowledge. It's just like that Pink Floyd song, "Another Brick in the Wall." The focus is on numbers, percentage passed, attendance rates, etc...These kids aren't products; they are people.

Anonymous said...

How about some discipline in school and at home! Oh, no, that would be abuse--funny how crime and delinquency has risen without all that "abuse"