HOUSTON – Senator Bettencourt thanks the voters in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) for making the right choice and voting for HISD Proposition 1 today. The vote effectively maintains the district’s tax base. This is a huge turnaround from the November 2016 election results that saw the same proposition get defeated by a 63-37% margin. The final vote result was 84% in favor and 16% against.
“HISD Trustees Adams, Eastman, Lunceford, Skillern-Jones, and Flynn Vilascea should be credited with not only voting for the new HISD recapture election, but then actively supporting the proposition, along with the Houston business community and other elected officials, and educating the public on what is a complex issue,” said Senator Bettencourt. “As someone who strongly advocated for voters to pass Proposition 1 in both the November 2016 and May 2017 election, I believe this is a win-win for HISD taxpayers.”
HISD now joins Galveston ISD as the only two school districts in the State of Texas that have ever reversed a public vote on school recapture credits.
“The result is a win-win for HISD taxpayers as it means HISD does not have to detach properties and increase their debt rate to service outstanding debt,” continued Senator Bettencourt. “Many local leaders and groups came together to stress the importance of voting for HISD Proposition 1, and their hard work is evidenced by the dramatic turnaround in the election results tonight.”
Community groups like Houston Taxpayers for Quality Education and the Harris County Republican Party, Chairman Paul Simpson, along with several elected officials, such as Senator Bettencourt, communicated with voters to inform them about the serious need for HISD Proposition 1 to pass. The voters overwhelmingly supported the proposition.