When the Legislature reduced property tax rates by one-third in 2006, they guaranteed that school districts would have the ability to maintain at least the same level of per-student funding for weighted average daily attendance (WADA) as they received for the 2005-06 school year by creating Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction (ASATR).
In 2011, the State significantly reduced funding for public education and some of those cuts came through a percentage reduction to ASATR. At that time the Legislature also enacted a repeal of ASATR effective September 1, 2017.
By enacting an arbitrary deadline to ASATR funding, the Texas Legislature has sent some school districts barreling toward a fiscal cliff. These are districts that, due to the Legislature’s decision to reduce property tax rates, rely heavily on ASATR funding for the operations of their school district (some as high as 50% of total M&O funding).
ASATR is a promise made by the Texas Legislature, and promises should not be broken.