Voters approve TRE proposals in Simms and Avery

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By Kenny Mitchell


Voters in the Simms ISD and the Avery ISD both voted on Saturday to approve the Tax Ratification proposals, opening the way for each district to raise hundreds of thousands of more local dollars, without a significant tax increase to taxpayers.

In Simms, the measure is expected to allow the district to receive an additional $300,000 in state funding, with just a $0.045 increase over the 2017 tax rate.

The TRE will allow Simms ISD to restructure its tax rate by increasing its Maintenance and Operations (M&O) tax rate by 13 cents while reducing the Interest and Sinking (I&S) tax rate by $0.085, the 2017 debt rate.   Therefore, the tax rate would become $1.17.

Voters in Avery approved a similar measure, with a large voter turnout voicing their favor of the proposal. The unofficial results, according to the Avery ISD, were 218 in favor to 68 against.

Simms ISD Superintendent Rex Burks said on Sunday, “I am happy with how it came out because I think it will help our district out in the long run without having to be a burden on our local taxpayers. The 4.5 cents to get $300,00 is a good windfall for us compared to what we would normally get.”

Avery ISD Superintendent Debbie Drew stated, “Students and staff are thankful to be a part of a great community. Bulldog PRIDE shines bright in Avery.”


In the photo, Simms ISD Superintendent Rex Burks

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