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Brownsville ISD rolls out TRE proposal

he Brownsville Independent School District on Tuesday began rolling out its effort to get the Voter Approved Tax Ratification Election on the Nov. 7 ballot approved.

The VATRE asks voters to approve 4.3 enrichment pennies in Tier Two state funding, which would generate $10.4 million in additional revenue that the district would then use to fund 2% employee raises.

Under state funding formulas, 70% of the money would come from state sources and 30% from local sources, according to information provided Tuesday at a workshop meeting of the BISD Board of Trustees.

“Our goal is to maximize state aid so that we don’t have to maximize our local aid,” Trustee Daniella Lopez Valdez, chairwoman of the BISD budget committee, said after the meeting.
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