Early voting began Wednesday for the Hamilton Independent School District’s Tax Ratification Election.

Early voting is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and also 5-8 p.m. Aug. 21 in the superintendent’s office. 

Election day will be Saturday, Aug 26, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., in the HISD Superintendent’s office.

The board voted in its July meeting to restructure the property tax rate by increasing the rate 13 cents to $1.17 for Maintenance and Operations and to eliminate the Interest and Sinking rate of 14 cents for a total rate of $1.17, which is a one-cent decrease in the total tax rate.

However, in order to adopt this rate, the TRE must be held because the M&O rate is being raised by 13 cents.

In last month’s meeting, Superintendent Clay Tarpley explained that the restructuring of the tax rate will not increase the rate paid by Hamilton citizens but will maximize funds received from state and federal sources.

“If we do this, for every $100, we will receive an additional $52 from the state,” he said. “If we don’t do this, it leaves that $52 on the table, an additional $700,000 annually.”

“Voting for the TRE shifts I&S to M&O and results in more state funding,” Tarpley said. “There is no tax rate increase whether it passes or fails.

“If it passes, we will make the shift. If not, HISD will not receive the additional funding.”

An explanation of the TRE is available on the school’s website and social media.

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