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Legislature shifts funding burden to property taxpayers

Another session (and special session) of the Texas Legislature closed with little funding relief for school districts and property taxpayers.

“It’s extremely disappointing that the Legislature couldn’t provide any real support for public education,” Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Chief Financial Officer Stuart Snow said. “Although I knew it was a long shot, I wanted to see additional significant funding for public education as well as the beginning of the restructuring of the school finance system that’s severely outdated and archaic.”

While state spending for public education has increased, it’s not keeping up with student enrollment and hasn’t for a long time. The Center for Public Policy Priorities says that the state’s share of funding for an average public school district has decreased from 46 percent in 2012 to 41 percent in 2017. That means local taxpayers are bearing more of the tax burden.

The state formula for public school funding dictates that districts with increasing property values don’t see much additional revenue. Most of it ends up in state coffers.

Read “Public school funding burden shifts to taxpayers” by Anna Dembowski and Danica Smithwick in Community Impact.

September 20, 2017