Consolidating school districts texas

(a) If all or part of the territory of a school district is annexed to another district, the receiving district may levy taxes at the rate established in accordance with law for the district as a whole and is not required to conduct an election for the purpose of taxing the territory received.(b) Conversion of a common school district or rural high school district to an independent school district or separation from municipal control does not affect the taxes levied for school purposes. Any change in the boundaries of a school district is not effective unless approved by a majority of the board of trustees of the district if the board's approval is required under this chapter. DISTRICT TRUSTEE APPROVAL OF BOUNDARY CHANGES REQUIRED.

If the decision of the commissioner is appealed to a district court in Travis County, the transfer, if approved, is effective on a date set by the court. The second ratio is determined by dividing the number of students residing in the affected territory by the number of students residing in the district as a whole, using membership on the last day of the preceding school year and the students' places of residence as of that date.(f) A school district may not be reduced to an area of less than nine square miles.(g) Immediately following receipt of the petition as required by this section, each affected board of trustees shall give notice of the contemplated change by publishing and posting a notice in the manner required for an election order under Section 13.003. A determination by the commissioner is final and may not be appealed.(i) The funding provided under Subsection (f), (g), or (h) is in addition to other funding the district receives through other provisions of this code, including Chapters 41 and 42.(j) The commissioner may adopt rules as necessary to implement this section. The first ratio is determined by dividing the assessed value of taxable property in the affected territory by the assessed value of all taxable property in the district, both figures according to the preceding year's tax rolls. At any time it is determined that there is territory located in a county but not within the described limits of a school district, the commissioners court shall annex the territory to one or more adjoining districts.(b) The annexation order shall define by legal boundary description the territory of the new district and shall be recorded in the minutes of the commissioners court. A determination by the commissioner under this subsection is final and may not be appealed.(h) The commissioner may authorize a district to receive payments provided by Subchapter G, instead of Subsection (f), if the commissioner determines that would result in greater payments for the district. Creation of a new district by detachment is initiated by resolution of the board of trustees of each district from which territory is to be detached or by a petition presented to the commissioners court. The new school district is created only if the proposition receives:(1) a majority of the votes in the territory to be detached; and(2) a majority of the votes in the remaining territory in each district from which property is to be detached in the manner prescribed by Section 13.003. (a) Except as otherwise provided by this chapter, this section governs:(1) the validity of a petition submitted to request an election under this chapter; and(2) the conduct of the resulting election.(b) To be valid, a petition must:(1) be submitted to the county judge serving the county in which the appropriate school district is located;(2) be signed by at least 10 percent of the registered voters of the appropriate district; and(3) state the purpose for which it is being submitted.(c) Immediately following receipt of a valid petition, the county judge shall order the election to be held on an authorized election date, as prescribed by Chapter 41, Election Code, occurring not later than the 60th day after the date of receipt. If districts located in more than one county are involved, the commissioners court of each county in which an involved school district is located must agree on the allocation of indebtedness and personal property.(b) In allocating the indebtedness and personal property, the commissioners court shall consider the value of the properties involved and the taxable value of the districts involved.(c) The order of the commissioners court is binding on the school districts and territory affected by the order.(d) A school district required to assume the indebtedness of another district under this chapter is not required to conduct an election on assumption of the indebtedness. If territory from one district is annexed to another or if a district is abolished, the commissioners court shall also equitably allocate among the receiving districts a portion of the personal property of the annexed district or all the personal property of an abolished district. (a) In accordance with this section, territory may be detached from a school district and annexed to another school district that is contiguous to the detached territory. The amount of funding shall be determined by multiplying the lesser of the enlarged district's local fund assignment computed under Section 42.252 or the enlarged district's total cost of tier one by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of students residing in the territory annexed to the receiving district preceding the date of the annexation and the denominator of which is the number of students residing in the district as enlarged on the date of the annexation.(g) In order to assist with the costs of facility renovation, repair, and replacement, a district to which territory is annexed under this section is entitled to additional state aid for five years, beginning with the school year in which the annexation occurs. The commissioner may order the annexation only if the commissioner finds that the annexation will not substantially impair the ability of the receiving district to educate the students located in the district before the annexation and to meet its financial obligations incurred before the annexation.(f) For five years beginning with the school year in which the annexation occurs, a school district shall receive additional funding under this subsection or Subsection (h). If such a newspaper is not published in the district, the notice shall be published in at least one newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the district is located. If an authorized date within that period does not allow sufficient time to comply with other legal requirements or if there is no authorized date within that period, the election shall be ordered for the next authorized date.(d) The election order must include the date of the election, the hours during which the polls will be open, the location of the polling places, and the proposition to be voted on.(e) Not earlier than the 30th day or later than the 10th day before the date of the election, the county judge shall give notice of the election by having a copy of the election order published at least once in a newspaper published at least once each week in the appropriate school district. Without an election, the school district assuming the indebtedness may levy and collect taxes necessary to pay principal and interest on the assumed debt so long as the debt is outstanding.(e) Without an election, a school district may issue refunding bonds for bonds of another district assumed under this chapter.(f) If an entire district is annexed to or consolidated with another district, if a district is converted from a common to an independent school district, or if a school district is separated from a municipality, the governing board of the district as changed may, without an election, sell and deliver any unissued bonds voted in the district before the change and may levy and collect taxes in the district as changed for the payment of principal and interest on bonds.

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