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All In LISD to Host Candidate Forum

Aug. 24, 2022 – With early voting less than 60 days away, All in LISD has announced it will host a forum for candidates who have filed for a place on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The forum is one of many steps being taken by the organization to increase accountability among our elected officials and mobilize the community to support public education.

“We are excited to give candidates seeking a place on the board an opportunity to speak directly to voters, and answer the questions on everyone's mind,” said Joel Bercu. “We hope this will help voters learn more about each candidate and understand more about the issues in this election.”

Leander ISD candidate forum:

Who: All 15 candidates have been invited to attend and the event is open to the public

When: Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Where: Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main St., Cedar Park 78613

Five of seven Leander ISD Board of Trustees seats are on the ballot, being sought by a total of 15 candidates. On Aug. 18, the school board called two additional elections for November, approving propositions for a tax ratification election and an Attendance Credit Election.

Voters will be asked to approve a Voter Approved Tax Ratification Election (VATRE) that if passed will provide much-needed funding for raises for teachers and staff, maintain instructional programs, student choice and current class sizes. If approved, it will lower the combined Leander ISD property tax rate from the current year rate of $1.3370 to $1.2746 per $100 valuation while generating an additional $32.4 million in local and state funding for the district. If disapproved, may subject the district to perform a reduction in force in over 450 teaching positions in the 2023-24 school year.

The second proposition on the ballot is an Attendance Credit Election (ACE) where voters are being asked to authorize required recapture payments to the state. This election is a requirement of the state and if it doesn't pass the district could face detachment of territory, where the state could permanently detach a portion of the school district's property tax base, resulting in a smaller future tax base and potentially higher debt service tax rate.

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