Collin County, located in North Texas, is part of the fastest-growing area in the state. Also growing quickly is the tax bill to pay for the county’s school districts. All five Collin County school districts with the largest tax hikes have fewer than 5,000 enrolled students.
Bland Independent School District, which serves mostly Hunt County and part of Collin County, has 721 students attending; 56 percent of the district’s students are on a free or reduced-price lunch plan. The average teacher’s salary in Bland ISD is $42,759. From 2013 to 2020, this small, rural district has seen its net taxable value go from $89,053 to more than $206,000, resulting in a school tax hike of 76.7 percent.
Anna ISD, located in northern Collin County, has 3,597 students and spends $11,622 per student. Anna ISD has raised taxes between 2013 to 2020 by 88.1 percent, increasing the average tax bill to $2,962.
Princeton ISD, located in eastern Collin County, is a growing area with roughly 4,887 students; 58 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. The average teacher is making just more than $54,000 a year. Princeton ISD’s tax rate saw a seven-year hike of 99.5 percent, with an average tax bill of $2,657 in 2020.
While only a small portion of Whitewright ISD is located in Collin County, property taxpayers in the district have seen their tax bills skyrocket. With only 852 students, the district is paying slightly more than $11,300 per student enrolled in the district, and teachers’ salaries average $41,444 per year. From 2013 to 2020, the next taxable value went from $54,387 to $139,597, and the average tax bill went from $745 to $1,6333 (a seven-year hike of 119.2 percent).
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