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Tyler (TX) Taxpayers Deserve Answers!

While Grassroots agrees these ratings are important, the truth is – the S&P rating is based on the district’s financial strength, which is based on the ability of local taxpayers to foot the bill.  The legal language in any bond proposition asserts the authority of the taxing district to levy the tax rate necessary to ensure the timely payment of bonded indebtedness.   Holding steady the tax rate on the debt service side of the property tax rate is always dependent upon the stability of the local tax base, property values, and new debt.

Superior financial ratings and excellence in financial reporting does not ensure commonsense spending priorities, the wisest, highest and best use of tax dollars, or cost-efficiency.

For example, details found on the Texas Education Agency website spell out disturbing Tyler ISD trends in light of the rapidly growing overall tax burden on local taxpayers from all levels of government:

 

2002-2003

2008-2009

% increase

Avg. actual TISD teacher salary – regular duties

38,100

45,277

19%

Avg. Tyler ISD central administration salaries

74,825

108,414

45%

STATE Average Central Administration salaries

72,252

85,305

18%

Total tax revenue per pupil Tyler ISD

5,989

9,682

62%

Tyler ISD tax revenues by source:

 

 

 

Local property taxes

67.1 million

80.4 million

20%

Other local & intermediate taxes

3.9 million

7.9 million

103%

State taxes

26.6 million

64.4 million

142%

Federal taxes

4.4 million

21.8 million

396%

Totals

$102 million

$174.5 million

71%

“This information demonstrates the high level of investment taxpayers are already making in Tyler ISD.  Given the growing cost to taxpayers and the outrageous increases in Tyler ISD administrative salaries – much beyond that of classroom teachers and even the state average – taxpayers clearly deserve answers on the bond package and improved facility planning.  This “pay now and get answers later” approach is wrong. We cannot and will not overlook it.” JoAnn Fleming, Grassroots America – We the People.

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JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director
Grassroots America – We the People  www.gawtp.com

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Samuel Adams

Where applicable, a political advertisement paid for by the GAWTP PAC, PO Box 130012,Tyler, TX 75713, Jimmie Taylor, PAC Treasurer.