Robin Hood Recapture in 2021
Did you receive your property tax statement in the mail and wonder why so much of your school property taxes are not used to educate PAISD students? Christy Rome from the Texas School Coalition will be here to share with us how the state's "Robin Hood" recapture plan functions and what every taxpayer should know about where their school property taxes end up. This is an in-person event. Masks/face coverings are recommended but optional. A virtual option is available. Contact Rob Phillips for details firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is hosted by Superintendent McKinney and the PAISD ACE Program.
All students are eligible for free breakfast and lunch meals for the 2021-2022 school year.
Letter to Taxpayers
October 12, 2021 Dear PAISD Taxpayers, As you are aware, public schools are funded by local property taxes. The property tax statement you recently received in the mail indicates that you are paying the largest amount of your property taxes to Port Aransas Independent School District. But what we are not allowed to indicate on your tax statement is that the majority of the taxes you pay to PAISD are not actually used for the education of children enrolled here in Port Aransas ISD. It is forwarded to the state of Texas under recapture and is disbursed by the state to other entities. This year, that recapture amount has crept up to 76 cents per dollar paid in M&O taxes. However, please note that zero cents of every dollar paid in taxes to repay voter-approved bonds is sent to the state - those tax dollars are NOT subject to recapture. Property values within the PAISD boundaries increased by 16.71% since last year. Due to 2019 state legislation, the tax rate is compressed (decreased) in accordance with the increased property values which keeps tax revenues for school districts relatively constant. Increased property values do not result in a similar increase in tax revenues for school districts. Due to the increase in property values, the overall tax rate in PAISD dropped 6 cents from 2020 to 2021. The owners of an average home in Port Aransas received a tax statement indicating that $2,446.25 will be paid in taxes to Port Aransas ISD (this amount does not include taxes paid to the city, county, etc.). Here’s the breakdown: $547.95 is used for M&O daily operations in PAISD $163.12 is used to repay voter-approved PAISD bonds $1,735.18 is sent to the state of Texas due to M&O recapture In summary, of the $2,446.25 paid in property taxes to Port Aransas ISD by this homeowner, only $711.07 stays here to be used in Port Aransas ISD. I hope that this additional information concerning your property tax statement has been helpful. If you have any further questions concerning taxes paid to PAISD, please contact me. Sincerely, Sharon McKinney Superintendent of Schools