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Voter-Approval Tax Ratification Election

VATRE passed by voters on November 7, 2023. Thank you, voters!

If VATRE passes: $1.0800 total tax rate

If VATRE fails: $1.0224 total tax rate

Other exemptions available: Over 65 exemption and Disabled Exemption. These exemptions must be applied for and granted by the Galveston Central Appraisal District and Brazoria County Appraisal District.


State law requires that school districts seek voter approval to raise their maintenance and operations tax rate above a prescribed amount. The election is referred to as a Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election (VATRE).


Passage of the VATRE will result in a nearly $1.2 million increase in funding for the District, while decreasing the total tax rate by .1294 cents.  The District uses these funds for teacher and staff salaries, books and classroom supplies, utilities, educational resources, custodial, insurance and other items that help educate students each day.


There are several primary reasons Friendswood ISD has called for a VATRE:

  • Generating additional funds to be used for:
    • Teaching and staff salaries (83.7% of budget goes towards payroll)
    • Safety costs
    • Classroom supplies
    • Utilities
    • Educational resources
    • Insurance
    • Other items that help educate students each day


Passage of Prop A by the voters in November 2023 will decrease the total tax rate by $0.1294 cents. Homeowners will see an average decrease of $693.66 in their tax bill.* Approval of this tax rate will maximize school district funding by nearly $1.2 million.
*Comparing tax year 2022 to tax year 2023

District Tax Rate

VATRE slide


Election Dates
October 10, 2023
Last Day to Register to Vote

October 23, 2023
First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance

October 27, 2023
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail

November 3, 2023
Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance

November 7, 2023
Election Day

November 8, 2023
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail
(next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military deadlines apply)


Tax Rate Resolution

Additional Election Information

VATRE Ballot

Voting Locations

First Baptist Friendswood
202 Heritage Dr, Room 56
Friendswood, TX 77546

Village on the Park
400 E. Parkwood Town Hall
Friendswood, TX 77546

The Harbor
2821 W. Parkwood Ave. Harbor Rm 2
Friendswood, TX 77546

Interested in hearing more about the VATRE? All FISD Staff will be updated at campus Faculty Meetings.
PTO Meetings:
  • Sept 1 Cline PTO 9 am
  • Sept 8 FJH PTO 10:30 am
  • Sept 14 WWB PTO 5:30 pm
  • Sept 19 SpEd PTO 6:30p
  • Oct 5 FHS PTO 11:45 am
  • Oct 26 WS PTO
Other Opportunities:
  • Sept 7 FEF Meeting 4:30 pm
  • Sept 7 Chamber State of the District 11 am
  • Sept 13 Supt Advisory 10 am
  • Sept 22 Mustang Senior Citizens 9:00
  • Oct 11 Rotary