By Scott Harvey
Commerce – Following two days of town hall meetings, the Commerce ISD will begin conducting early voting for its August 14 tax ratification election.
The district is asking voters to approve a 13 tax rate hike to cover a nearly $700,000 budget shortfall.
Commerce is joined by Royse City and Terrell as other area ISD's conducting tax ratification elections this year.
CISD is part of the Region 10 Education Service Center, which is composed of over 80 school districts and 30 charter schools in eight counties. According to Superintendent Blake Cooper, 32 of those districts will be operating at a budget deficit this year.
A PowerPoint presentation further explaining CISD finance is available at www.commerceisd.org.
Early voting for the August 14 election begins Wednesday and runs weekdays through August 10 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Administration Building, 604 Culver St. Extended early voting will be held on August 4 and 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Commerce Middle School Library, 606 Culver St.
Votes cast on August 14, the day of the election, can also be made at the Middle School Library from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.