- In the last 10 years, Wylie ISD’s budget has increased by almost 97%, while student enrollment has only increased by almost 40%1
- The cost per student has gone up by $3,600 per student, and is $2,800 more than the average cost per student in the state of Texas2
- In 2022, the current school board and two top Administrators attended a NASB event at a resort in San Diego for continuing education units (CEU), costing taxpayers about $25,000, while they could have gotten those CEU credits for free in online classes like other ISDs.3
- In June 2022, for the second year in a row, WISD trustees approved a new budget that was $16.7M more than the previous year’s budget
- Wylie ISD already had a surplus of over $8M in revenue from the previous year. Rather than use this surplus to fund the budget and reduce the tax increase, they kept the money in the General Fund account for their use.
Stop Tax Hikes
- The Administration and School Board continue to perpetuate the myth that Wylie is subject to recapture (also called Robin Hood). Wylie ISD is not one of the school districts in Texas subject to recapture.
- It’s important to remember that four entities make up your property tax bill: Collin County, Collin College, Wylie ISD, and the City of Wylie (or Sachse, St. Paul, Murphy)
- The City of Wylie and Collin County have voted to keep their tax rates at the No New Revenue (NNR) for 5 and 6 years respectively, while Wylie ISD, which accounts for about 2/3rd’s of your tax bill, chose to raise their portion yet again
- The School Board voted in June to raise your property taxes 18% above the NNR Rate, based on estimated Assessed Values
- The School Board chose to levy the absolute highest tax rate possible without triggering an automatic election for voter approval (The Voter Approval Rate). This equates to just over $11M above what would have been generated at the NNR Rate for local property taxes
- There was over $8M in surplus revenue from last year that the School Board chose to stockpile in the General Fund rather than utilize to lower the outrageous tax increase
OUR ENDORSED CANDIDATES WILL:
- CONFRONT WASTEFUL SPENDING
- DEMAND A NO NEW REVENUE BUDGET WHILE PROTECTING TEACHER JOBS & SALARY
- Wylie ISD Official Budget Summary Archive. Accessed September 1, 2022. https://www.wylieisd.net/site/default.aspx?PageType=14&DomainID=52&PageID=15265&ModuleInstanceID=112960&ViewID=1e008a8a-8e8a-4ca0-9472-a8f4a723a4a7&IsMoreExpandedView=True.
- Office of School Finance, Forecasting & Fiscal Analysis. “2021 – 2022 Budgeted Financial Data Totals for WYLIE ISD (043914).” TEA. Accessed September 1, 2022. https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/cgi/sas/broker?_service=marykay&_program=sfadhoc.budget_report_2022.sas&_service=appserv&_debug=0&who_box=&who_list=043914.