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Joaquin ISD voters will go to the polls Saturday for a Tax Ratification Election.

 

Polling location include the Joaquin ISD Administration Building and the Huxley Volunteer Fire Department. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

The board is giving voters the opportunity to restructure the district's current tax rate by adopting a rate just over 2-cents less than the previous year.

 

Superintendent Phil Worsham said the adopted tax rate would allow JISD to receive additional state funding without increasing local property taxes.

 

With taxpayer support or "ratification" the tax rate formula increases the taxes assessed on the operations side and lowers the taxes on the debt payment side which would trigger an increase in funding for operations of $400,000.

 

Worsham says as it stands, state funds are being left in Austin. He added without revenue increases, maintaining the same level of programs and educational standards for Joaquin ISD students would be impossible.

 

State funding has not kept up with increased enrollment or utility, supply and payroll increases.

 

Any questions about Saturday's Joaquin ISD Tax Ratification Election should be directed to Worsham at 269-3128.

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