VATRE Election: $11.2 Million Boost for Pearland ISD Funding
This election, if the VATRE passes, it would generate an additional $11.2 million for Pearland ISD and an overall tax rate decrease. It would support increased compensation to district’s staff, improve district infrastructure, support high-quality student programs and help reduce Pearland ISD’s budget deficit.
State law requires that school districts seek voter approval to raise their maintenance and operations tax rate above a prescribed amount. The election is referred to as a Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election (VATRE).
HOW DOES THE DISTRICT BENEFIT FROM THIS ELECTION?
Passage of the VATRE will result in a nearly $11.2 million increase in funding for the District, while still decreasing the total tax rate by 16.54 cents. The district uses these funds for teacher and staff salaries, books and classroom supplies, utilities, educational resources, custodial, insurance and other items that help educate students each day.
WHY CALL A VATRE?
There are several primary reasons Pearland ISD has called for a VATRE:
The additional $0.09 will generate $11.2 million in additional funds Additional funds will be used to:
*Retain and recruit quality teachers and staff *Bolster campus safety measures *Support student programs *Sustain District financial stability
The increased funding will bridge the budget deficit, cover inflationary costs, and help maintain the district’s high academic standards
Passage of the VATRE by the voters in November will decrease the total tax rate by 16.54 cents. Approval of this tax rate will maximize school district funding by nearly $11.2 million.
October 10, 2023 Last Day to Register to Vote
October 23, 2023 First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance
October 27, 2023 Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
November 3, 2023 Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance
November 7, 2023 Election Day
7 p.m. November 7, 2023 Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail If carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR Wednesday, November 8, 2023 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)
Pearland Early Voting Locations (Oct. 23 - Nov. 3)
Pearland Westside Library 2803 Business Center Dr. #101
Tom Reid Library 3522 Liberty Dr.
Westside Event Center 2150 Countryplace Pkwy.
Election Day Voting Locations:
Drainage Dist No. 4 Building 4805 W Broadway
Pearland Recreation Center 4141 Bailey Rd
Pearland Westside Library 2803 Business Center Dr #101