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HISD Trustees To Consider New Vote On Recapture

Under the state’s school finance system, HISD is now considered property wealthy and has to pay into the state’s “Robin Hood” or recapture system.

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HISD board

At their monthly meeting, trustees for the Houston Independent School District will consider calling a new election on how to pay millions into the state’s school finance system.

HISD is now considered property wealthy and has to pay into the state’s “Robin Hood” or recapture system. It takes local tax dollars from wealthy districts with property-poor ones.

In November, HISD voters rejected the traditional way of paying that money, in the form of a check or “attendance tax credits.”

Now HISD will lose nearly $18 billion in commercial, non-residential property from its tax base in July, unless something changes in the 85th Legislature. State law allows the commissioner to detach property and let another district tax it instead, as a form of payment.

 

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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