Levelland ISD voters went to the polls Tuesday, and spoke rather strongly in favor of more funding for Levelland ISD operations.
Levelland ISD called the tax ratification election in June to allow the district to move two cents from the Interest and Sinking or Bonded Indebtedness to the Maintenance and Operations. With the additional two cents being weighted heavier by the state than regular tax dollars, it will bring an estimated $556,000 in additional revenue to the school district for operations in 2018-2019 fiscal year. The district has said they will use the additional money to improve the pay scale and increase compensation for faculty and staff, as well as maintenance items that have been deferred including HVAC units that need replaced. They also will be implementing a pay as you go system for replacement of aging fleet vehicles as well as four school buses that are several years old and have mechanical issues. They also will be replacing one activity bus that is over 15 years old and is suffering from major mechanical issues.
The “tax swap” was approved by an overwhelming margin with 436 votes in favor and 91 votes against.