Successful FBISD Prop A -VATRE election results now official (11/16/2023)
Fort Bend ISD (Nov. 16, 2023) – The votes from the district’s successful November 7th Proposition A - Voter Approval Tax Rate Election were canvassed by the FBISD Board President, Secretary and a Trustee at a midday meeting today, making election results official.
Board President Judy Dae, Board Secretary David Hamilton and Board Member Rick Garcia canvassed the election returns -which is a legally required reading of the vote totals- and announced the proposition passed with 57% of votes cast in favor of the ballot item and 43% cast against it. More than 46,000 total votes were cast.
The approval of Proposition A allows the district to receive $35 million annually through local tax revenues plus state funding to provide competitive salaries for teachers, nurses, counselors, librarians, bus drivers, custodians and all other benefits-eligible staff members among FBISD’s 12,000 employees. Staff members will receive raises and retroactive pay on December 15, 2023.
Passage of Proposition A, also known as a VATRE, will also provide funding so the district can comply with the state mandate to have armed security personnel on all FBISD campuses, including at the district’s 50 elementary schools.
The successful election causes FBISD’s tax rate to go down from $1.13 to just under 99 cents – the lowest tax rate in Fort Bend ISD history.