N-SCISD sets tax election
NIXON — An election for the Nixon-Smiley Consolidated Independent School District has been set for Nov. 8 for the purpose of conducting a tax rate rollback election.
In a special meeting on Aug. 29, the NSCISD Board of Trustees voted to increase the property tax rate to $1.395 per $100 valuation for the current year. The rate would consist of a Maintenance and Operations (M&O) rate of $1.17 and an Interest and Sinking (I&S) rate of $0.225 per hundred dollar valuation.
If the majority of voters approve the proposed rate increase, then the district can reduce the I&S tax rate by $0.195.
“The Board of Trustees has already voted to lower the I&S rate if this passes,” said Nixon-Smiley CISD superintendent Dr. Cathy Booth. “They’ve already passed a motion that said if this proposed tax rate passes, then the I&S will be lowered to three cents. We don’t have to have an election to lower the I&S side.”
The M&O funds the district’s normal operations and salaries, while the I&S is used to pay on the district’s $13.8 million of bonded indebtedness. By approving the proposed tax rate, voters will be enable the district to pull off the impressive feat of providing property owners a six and one half-cent reduction from the current tax rate of $1.265, while bringing in an additional $320,000 into the NSCISD coffers.
Early voting by personal appearance will begin on Monday, Oct. 24 and run through Friday, Nov. 4 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Nixon-Smiley CISD Administration Building, located at 800 Rancho Road in Nixon.
Applications for ballot by mail must be mailed to Cindy Lott, Early Voting Clerk, Nixon-Smiley CISD, 800 Rancho Road, Nixon, Texas 78140. The applications must be received no later than the close of business on Nov. 1.
Voting on Election Day will be conducted from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gonzales County Annex.