Greg Priddy is the district superintendent, he says, "Schools are just like everyone else, we're under budget constraints, we're just trying to find pennies here and there to make things work."
Trent ISD is classified as a property wealthy district, and because of this classification, the district has sent back more than 1.5 million dollars to Austin in recapture payments since 2003. This money get re-distributed to property poor districts, and while it seems like a noble plan, it means cutbacks in Trent.
Robby Russell, an assistant principal says, "It takes the funding away from the students here."
Cutbacks in the classroom are the reason why the two Trent ISD propositions are on the ballot. Tax rates will go up if both propositions pass tomorrow, but district officials say ultimately, all the money goes back to the students.
Russell says, "If it does pass, it's going to be a huge benefit for our school, and our students here. It will keep more of our local funds available for our use."
The first proposition would help the school refinance their construction expenses, which includes the new stadium. This proposition raises taxes by a penny. Priddy says raising taxes by a penny now, will save everyone money in the long run.
The second proposition raises taxes by 13-cents, and allows the district to allot more money to instructional funds instead of construction debt.
District officials say raising taxes by just a few cents will help Trent ISD raise more than $500,000 in a span of four years.