Tyler Schools Levy Passes With 511 in Favor
According to Tyler County Schools Superintendent, Robin Daquilante, the school levy renewal has passed with a total of 511 in favor of the levy, while 70 were opposed. Superintendent Daquilant stated, ” I am very pleased with the outcome and appreciate the support of the county.”
The levy election was for a five-year renewal for day-to-day operating expenditures of the school system.
The levy is a continuation of the same levy rates that have been in effect since 1949. Since 1967, all levies have been for 5 year periods. This means no new taxes.
The levy will generate approximately $4.97 million dollars per year for the students and employees of Tyler County Schools.
This is approximately 27 percent of Tyler County Schools’ budget.
Homeowners in Tyler County pay only 14.5 percent or $1.07 million of the total local taxes, with the largest remaining share of taxes being paid by businesses and the oil and gas industry of $3.9 million.
The money generated from the special levy is used to support a variety of programs and services for Tyler County students and employees, including the following: Field Trips, After School Activity Buses, Evening Activities Coordinators, Academic and Athletic Coaching, Free meals for all students PK-12, Professional and Service Salary Supplements, Dental and Optical Insurance, Employees in Excess of the Aid Funding Formula, Free Textbooks, Workbooks, and Instructional Supplies, Library Books, Newspapers, Periodicals, and Supplies, Technology (Computers, Equipment, and Maintenance), Maintenance of Facilities, Transportation Needs outside of the State Aid Funding Formula, Copiers, Supplies, and Maintenance.
Tyler County citizens have overwhelmingly supported this Special School levy for over 68 years. The rates of passage of the levy have ranged as high as 91 percent approval.