• FBISD VATRE | Fort Bend ISD Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election | Election Day November 8

    VATRE stands for Voter Approval Tax Rate Election.  It is an election required by the State Legislature to approve a tax rate increase that generates additional revenue for public schools. Over 76% of Texas school districts have had a VATRE.

    If a school district adopts a maintenance & operations (M&O) tax rate that exceeds the maximum amount allowed by state statute, a VATRE must be held to gain voter approval to raise the tax rate.  For Fort Bend ISD a tax rate that exceeds $1.1546 will trigger a VATRE.  The current tax rate is $1.2101.

    M&0 $0.94 + I&S $0.27 = Sustaining the Tax Rate $1.21 before and after a successful election

    Fort Bend ISD has a $47 million shortfall. A VATRE is one component in a two-part approach to eliminate the shortfall. The other component is strategic budget tightening.

How will the VATRE funds be used?

  • Voter approval of a tax rate of $1.2101 (the same rate as last year) will generate $47 million in additional revenue. The District is planning to use this additional revenue to:

    Addressing the ShortfallAddress the shortfall

    School Police OfficersProvide funding for safety measures, including assigning police officers to every elementary school campus

    School Police OfficersAllow increased compensation for teachers, raising starting pay to $60,000

    School Police OfficersAllow for long-serving staff to receive years-of-service supplemental pay for their commitment and dedication to FBISD

    Maintaining Programs of ChoiceMaintaining Programs of Choice

  • Tax Rates Through The Years
  • School Finance 101
  • Addressing the Shortfall
  • Years of Service Pay Program
  • Tax Impact
  • Efficiency Audit
  • Financial Reports & Ratings
  • Election Information
  • A Note about Recapture
  • Acronynms & Definitions


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