Voters turn down PA tax increase

The Port Arthur Independent School District says it needs more funding, and Tuesday put the money request before voters.  The district asked for a 13-cent tax increase.   The votes have been counted, and the citizens have spoken.

With 100% of votes tallied, 2,020 people voted against the tax increase while 534 voted for it.

Port Arthur ISD says the increase was needed because of a $7 million loss in state funding. The increase was to be used to give teachers raises, repair school buses, and help fund $4 million in building improvements. 

The district called the election after 66% of the votes had been counted. 

PAISD Superintendent Dr. Johnny Brown says the result was upsetting, but the administration will keep its heads up and look to the future. 

Dr. Brown says the district will have $5 million to work with this upcoming school year and will have to make adjustments to make the district successful for the students. 



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