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Biggest Bryan School District Tax Hike In Ten Years

If Bryan residents haven't been saving a little extra for taxes this year, now is the time to start. School taxes have gone up eleven cents, the biggest one-year jump in at least a decade. That means if you own a $100,000 home, you can expect to pay an extra $110 next year.

School officials say no one should be blind-sided by the hike. After all, voters approved it overwhelmingly in February's bond election.

"We got 82 percent of the vote, we told residents we were going to raise taxes to pay for this by 14 cents to pay for this," said Christopher Peterson, President, Bryan ISD School Board.

While the primary operations tax rate is capped at a dollar fifty for Texas schools, districts can impose an additional tax for debt service. Bryan is already maxed out at the $1.50 mark for operations, so it's the debt service rate that's going up. An increase some say they didn't expect.

"I guess we will just have to deal with it. Sort of like the price of gas, it is something we'll just have to deal with and move on," said Vicky Thompson, Bryan resident.

But school officials say they did their best to get the word out. They had paid advertisements, information on the district's Web site, flyers, mailers and numerous public meetings.

"I was very adamant throughout the whole bond process, many of the school board members were, that we were going to tell the complete story and be conservative with our numbers and be forthright about what we were doing," said Peterson.

So what will they be doing with the extra money?

The answer, a new high school, a new middle school, new elementary school and renovations at existing schools. If you aren't prepared for the tax increase, now is the time to start saving, tax bills will be issued by early November.