“We obviously want the largest participation from our Birdville community,” district spokesman Mark Thomas says, describing the Nov. 6 vote.
Holding school tax ratification elections — required when a district wants to increase its maintenance and operations budget above the $1.04 rate — in late August or early September is allowed.
This year, Azle, Lancaster, Cedar Hill, Ennis, Duncanville and Keller school districts held late-summer tax ratification elections. All were approved except in Cedar Hill. Turnout in each was predictably low.
The movement to cut down on the amount of election days in Texas is growing. State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, promises to introduce a bill in the 2019 Legislature.Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, a Democrat, supports such a move. A 2016 study ranked Dallas the worst major city in the nation for voter turnout in municipal elections.
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