McKinney ISD: The State Cut Our Funding! Really?

In August of 2013, McKinney property owners approved a request from the McKinney Independent School District that gave McKinney property owners, the highest tax rate in the state of Texas.

The foundation for the tax increase was the claim that the Texas state legislature had cut school funding, that deeply wounded McKinney ISD. Although the district had enacted heroic cost saving measures, the cuts were too deep, the only course of action was a massive increase in local taxes.

Community leaders stepped up to support the increase and blast the legislature.

According to the MISD School Board of Trustees President Curtis Rippee, the TRE is necessary not to add additional programs, but rather maintain the existing quality of education.  It [the TRE] isn’t to increase programs in our district,” Rippee said. “It’s to keep what we have. It’s to remedy the lack of funding we’re getting from the state.”

McKinney ISD Board President Curtis Rippee, September 2013

This is not new money for new programs or enrollment growth, it is to replace money the state cut to continue current programs.

* MISD Parent Cindy Evans – August 2013

passing this TRE will allow us to keep the programs and class sizes that have, to date, benefitted students.

Angie Bado, September 2013

During the 2011 legislative session our legislators in Austin, the total amount of cuts was $5.3B. McKinney ISD’s share of those cuts was $11.2M in the 2011-2012 school year and $15.7M in the 2012-2013 school year. So, to make up for the shortfall of monies coming from Austin, we decide locally that we want to keep our community strong.”

Bill Campbell, August 2013

This is screenshot of the mailing, that was produced and distributed at taxpayer expense, to parents and supporters.

TRE Reasons

Officials with McKinney ISD administration claimed, along with the $15.7 million in cuts, the district had “not seen substantial increases in [state] funding since this time [2005-06]“.

According to the Audited Financial Reports submitted by the district, here is a history of Texas state funding to McKinney ISD:

State Funding

The red areas represent over $12 million in  funding MISD received through the state in 2010 ($6,620,812) and 2011 ($6,332,975) as communities slice of the 2009 Obama Stimulus. This $12 million in bonus money is apparently monies that McKinney ISD claims were “cut“.

Link to individual years: 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15

Here is same funding on a per student basis:

State Funding per Student

When I visited with McKinney ISD officials with this information, their reaction was “meh”.  I suggest you vote “meh” for the $72.5 million Football Stadium.

 

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