While residents living within the boundaries of Huckabay ISD received their tax statements In October, along with the rest of the county, the office of Tax Assessor/Collector Jennifer Carey was busy following the Nov. 4 election, printing and preparing new statements.

The updated statements, which were taken to the post office Wednesday, reflect the failure of the local Tax Rate Election (TRE) for Huckabay ISD. Carey said the new statements include taxes set by Erath County, the Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, and the local school district. The initial mailings only included the county and MTGCD rates.

A total of 574 voters cast ballots in the Huckabay election, 63-percent voted against the proposed 13-cent increase. The 2008 tax rate will remain at $1.04 rate, which was set for the 2007 tax year, and a 33-cent decrease from 2006.    

According to Superintendent Cheryl Floyd, if the TRE had passed, the district would have received much-needed funding. Over the last several years, legislative mandates have left school districts with only two options for increasing funding - a TRE or an increase in state funding, which is based on enrollment. With the district not experiencing an increase in population, and voters voting against the increase, the district is left with the 2007 rate to finance increased costs in a troubled economy.