Sabine trustees approve slight increase to tax rate


Sabine ISD trustees signed off on a 1.3 percent increase to the district’s tax rate Monday evening.

Unanimously-approved Aug. 13, the rate for the 2018-2019 school year is $1.30143 per $100 valuation. A taxpayer with a $100,000 home will pay $1,301.43 in the coming year.

The rate includes $1.04 for Maintenance & Operations plus 26.143-cents for Interest & Sinking, according to SISD Business Director Kevin Yandell.

“Those are the rates that we need to put in place to fund the budget for 2018-2019,” Yandell told the trustees.

The proposed rates will net $5,240,320 for 2018, Yandell noted. The adjusted levy for 2017 was $5,271,274.

The six trustees in attendance also voted unanimously to order the next school board election for Nov. 6.

Three spots are on the ballot: places, 3, 4 and 5, currently held by Patty Pickle, Paul Franklin and Rusty Taylor, respectively.

So far, former SHS principal Eddie Shawn has filed for Place 3, Paul Franklin has filed for re-election to Place 4 and Leslie Thurston has thrown his hat in the ring for Place 5.

Filing for a spot on the SISD board opened July 21, and would-be candidates have until Monday (Aug. 20) to submit their paperwork for a spot on the ballot. Applications can be filed in the Sabine ISD Superintendent’s Office until 5 p.m. Monday.

Early voting begins Monday, Oct. 22, and continues through Friday, Nov. 2, available at any Gregg County polling location through the countywide voting system. Election Day polling is set for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the district’s old elementary school cafeteria at 5333 Old Hwy. 135 N.


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