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FISD considers tax rate election to cover staff raises

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Maya Silberman
Frisco ISD officials are considering the use of a voter-approval tax rate election to help cover the costs of proposed raises for staff. According to district officials, if a tax rate increase is approved by voters, it could help provide as much $11 million.

Faced with a multi-million dollar budget shortfall for the 2024-25 fiscal year, Frisco ISD officials are considering the use of a voter-approval tax rate election to help cover the costs of proposed raises for staff. 

“It’s very, very important that we give our staff a raise,” FISD Chief Finance and strategy officer Kimberly Smith said in a Community Impact article. “They’re feeling the impacts of inflation just like we are.”

According to Smith, if a tax rate increase is approved by voters, it could help provide as much  $11 million. Frisco ISD is projecting a shortfall of $24 million and is expected to adopt a budget based upon its projections.

The Frisco ISD tax rate is based on three main factors: local property taxes, state funds, and federal funds. And while FISD is considered a property wealthy district, funding partially also depends on attendance, which has been down by 2-3% since the pandemic. 

“It’s a very common misconception that because we’re in such an affluent community, we should have the money to fund our schools,” Smith said. 

Based on these statistics, Smith made a series of recommendations to the school board which include identifying savings, managing shortfalls, and raising the maintenance and operation tax. 

“If it passes voters, then it would help pay for staff raises without eating further into the district’s reserve funds,” Smith said.

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Christine Han
Christine Han, Social Media Manager/Photographer/Staff Reporter
Christine Han is junior and this will be her second year on the Wingspan staff. She manages social media for Wingspan and is also a photographer. She will be participating in her 3rd year with the CTE Competitive Mock Trial Team. In her free time she likes to work in various women’s rights groups, read books, watch movies, and hang out with her friends. Contact Christine: Chaewon.Han.866@k12.friscoisd.org
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Maya Silberman, Editor-in-Chief
Maya Silberman is a senior going into her third year on the Wingspan staff. Outside of Wingspan, she is captain of the CTE Mock Trial team and a legal intern through the CTE Center's Practicum in Government Program. In her free time, Maya can be found reading any and everything, playing New York Times games, and spending time with her dog, Luna. Maya couldn't be more excited to be one of the Editor-in-Chiefs this year, and looks forward to what is to come! Contact Maya: Maya.Silberman.055@k12.friscoisd.org

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