Tax Rate Notification
Tax Rate Notification
Public school tax rates are comprised of two (2) components. The first tax rate component is in the Maintenance and Operations tax rate (M&O) and helps fund the daily costs and recurring or consumable expenditures such as teacher and staff salaries, supplies, food, gas, and utilities. Approximately 84% of the District’s General Fund budget goes to teacher and staff salaries and benefits. The second tax rate component is the Interest and Sinking budget (I&S), also known as Debt Service, and this fund is only used to repay debt for longer-term capital improvements approved by voters through bond elections.
The Maintenance and Operations component includes two parts of the M&O tax rate. The first portion is Tier 1 and called the Maximum Compressed Rate (MCR) and is determined each year by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), based on certified property values. No district’s MCR can be below 90% of the State MCR. The Tier 2 portion is often times referred to as golden and copper pennies. The maximum Tier 2 tax rate is $0.17 and can only be accessed through a voter approval tax ratification election.
The 2023 Red Oak ISD M&O tax rate is $0.7575 and the I&S tax rate is $0.3481 for a total tax rate of $1.1056 per $100 of certified property value. The M&O tax rate is comprised of $0.6192 for Tier 1 (MCR) and $0.1383 for Tier 2. The table below shows the district’s tax rate for the last seven (7) years.
TOTAL TAX RATE
The Red Oak ISD 2023 tax rate will not raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year’s tax rate due to compression of the tax rate by $0.1854 or 19.66%. The tax rate will effectively be less than the No-New-Revenue tax rate by 11.13% and will lower taxes for maintenance and operations on a $100,000 home by approximately $94.90 over the No-New-Revenue tax rate.
This change in the maintenance and operations tax rate is consistent with the House Bill 3 legislation passed in May 2019 in the 86th Legislative Session. Although the Red Oak ISD’s M&O tax rate has gone down by over 35% over the five (5) years, including the 2023 tax year, the overall property values in Ellis County have continued to go up due to more taxable property being developed and the escalation in the housing market. Under the Foundation School Program funding model, if the State certified taxable property values increase, the amount of state funding will decrease, but if the M&O tax rate decreases, the state funding may increase. If the District does not adopt the MCR tax rate approved by TEA, additional reductions in state funding will occur. In order to provide a balanced budget, based on the reduction in state funding, the voter-approved tax rate was adopted to maintain adequate funding for the 2023-2024 school year.
A seventeen (17) year history of the tax rates for the fiscal year is: