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POTENTIAL TAX IMPACT

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UNDERSTANDING THE TAX RATE

Public school taxes involve two figures which divide the school district’s budget into two “buckets.” The first is the Maintenance & Operations (M&O) budget, also known as the General Fund. The M&O fund is used to pay for the day-to-day operations of a district and includes items such as salaries, utilities, food, gas, supplies, etc. A majority of Como-Pickton CISD’s M&O budget is spent on personnel salaries, benefits, and related costs.

The second is the Interest & Sinking (I&S) budget or Debt Service. This fund is used to repay debt for capital improvements approved by voters through bond elections. As a comparison, this fund is similar to a mortgage or home improvement loan. I&S funds may only be used to repay debt.

Proceeds from a bond issue can be used for the construction and renovation of facilities, the acquisition of land and the purchase of capital items, such as equipment, technology and transportation. By law, voter-approved bonds cannot be used to increase salaries or to pay rising costs of utilities or services.

 

AGE 65+

Homeowners age 65 and older will not be impacted by the passage of the bond propositions if they have filed for and received the Over 65 Homestead Exemption with the Hopkins CAD. Their school district taxes are frozen at the amount when they applied and will not exceed the frozen dollar amount. You can find more information on your respective county websites or file for the exemption using this form.

GENERAL OPERATING FUND

(Maintenance & Operations)
Day-to-day operations and expenses

For school districts this includes:

  • Staff salaries

  • Utilities

  • Supplies

  • Repairs

  • Fuel

For the average citizen this is similar to:

  • Groceries

  • Utilities

  • Minor Home Repairs

  • Routine Services

  • Car Fuel

DEBT & SERVICES FUND

(Interest & Sinking)
Principal and interest payments on debt issued

For school districts this includes:

  • New Construction

  • Renovations

  • HVAC Systems

  • Roofing

  • Technology

For the average citizen this is similar to:

  • Mortgage

  • Home Renovation

  • Major Appliances

  • Land

  • Car

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