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I doubt few would ever consider accusing us of putting out anything misleading, ( Mr. David Pembroke, VVISD Board Member, thinks we're misleading even when he agrees we are telling the truth, see Complaint page.) but just in case, we wanted to make sure you can see the VVISD documents related to the current and previous tax elections for yourself and see that they are as we say they are.  We have no reason to make things up, the truth is the truth and we have the actual VVISD documents from their web site to prove what we are saying is true.

Valley View ISD, (VVISD), called the following Tax Rate Elections since 2009:
 
On August 24, 2009, the VVISD Board held a special meeting to call an election on November 3, 2009 to raise the tax rate.  This failed by a 2 to 1 margin, 202 Against, 102 For per the VVISD Minutes for November 13, 2009.
 
On August 3, 2010, the VVISD held a special meeting to call an election on September 25th, 2010 to raise the tax rate.  Under a quirk in the law, if they called the election more than 90 days before the general election in November, then they can set a date other than the November date which they did. They beat the requirement by One Day.  Based on my experience with governmental bodies, if you can call an election on a date when the turnout is low, you have a much better chance of getting a tax rate increase or bond passed.They got a significantly lower turnout, about 40% less and it passed.
 
On February 7, 2013, the VVISD Board held a special meeting to call a bond election for May 11, 2013.
 
See details below including links to minutes of the above meetings. 

Pre-meeting draft of Election order for $12 Million Dollar Bond Election

Below is the text of the Motion from the August 24, 2009 VVISD Board meeting to call the November 3, 2009 election to raise the Tax Rate:
 
Motion by Brinkley that the property tax rate be increased by the adoption of a tax rate of $1.17 per hundred dollars valuation for Maintenance and Operations (M&O), of $0.08 per hundred dollars valuation for Interest and Sinking (I&S), for a total rate of $1.25 per hundred dollars valuation, which is effectively a 10% percent increase in the tax rate; furthermore, that if a majority of voters approve the $1.25 total tax rate in an election to be held November 3, 2009, in order to reduce the I&S tax rate by $0.08 per hundred dollars valuation, that the property tax rate be increased by the adoption of a tax rate of $1.17 per hundred dollars valuation for Maintenance and Operations, of $0.00 per hundred dollars valuation for Interest and Sinking, for a total tax rate of $1.17 per hundred dollars valuation, which is effectively a 2.95 percent increase in the tax rate; second by Grant. The vote was 6 in favor, 0 opposed. Motion carried.
 
We also provide the link below to the documented minutes downloaded from the VVISD web site which you can also go see for yourself under "Legal Notices",  under "School Board Minutes".

Click to see minutes of VVISD Special Called Meeting on August 24, 2009 to call an election to raise the tax rate on November 3, 2009.

Below is the text of the motion from the VVISD Board Meeting on August 3, 2010 to call a special Tax Rollback Election on September 25, 2010 which passed due in part to low voter turnout on an odd election day:
 
3. Set 2010 M&O and I&S Tax Rates
Motion by Kassen that in accordance with the attached ORDINANCE TO SET TAX RATE that the property tax rate be increased by the adoption of a tax rate of $1.12 per hundred dollars valuation for Maintenance and Operations (M&O),of $0.08 per hundred dollars valuation for Interest and Sinking (I&S), for a total rate of $1.20 per hundred dollars valuation, which is effectively a 7.14 percent increase in the tax rate; furthermore, that if a majority of voters approve the $1.20 total tax rate in an election to be held September 25, 2010, in order to reduce the I&S tax rate by $0.08 per hundred dollars valuation, that the property tax rate be increased by the adoption of a tax rate of $1.12 per hundred dollars valuation for Maintenance and Operations, of $0.00 per hundred dollars valuation for Interest and Sinking, for a total rate of $1.12 per hundred dollars valuation, which is effectively a 0 percent increase in the tax rate. This tax rate will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year’s tax rate. The tax rate will effectively be raised by 7.14 percent and will raise taxes for maintenance and operations on a $100,000 home by approximately $80.00. Second by Sappington. The vote was 6 in favor, 0 opposed. Motion passed.

Motion by Kassen to approve the ordinance to set the tax rate as presented; second by Grant. The vote was 6 in favor, 0 opposed. Motion passed.

4. Approve Election Order
Motion by Kassen to set September 25th as the TRE date; second by Maughan. The vote was 6 in favor, 0 opposed. Motion passed.
 
A link is provided below to the actual Minutes document downloaded from the VVISD web site.

Click here to see minutes of VVISD Special Called Meeting on August 3, 2010 to call an election to raise the tax rate on September 25,2010

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