We don’t run editorial endorsements on local elections involving local candidates, letting you decide who is the right person for the right position. But this election doesn’t involve people, and it won’t raise your taxes, either.

The Wharton Independent School District has an important special election coming up that could mean an additional $600,000 for the school district.

A tax ratification election has been called for Saturday, Sept. 10, and we urge you to vote for the proposition.

The tax ratification election, if approved, will generate $600,000 of additonal state funding without a tax increase.

It would allow the Wharton ISD to shift 13 pennies from the debt rate (interest and sinking) to the maintenance and operation rate if approved. The election is known as a “penny swap.”

School officials pointed out that if the taxable value of someone’s property stays the same as the previous year, then their taxes would not increase.

The ballot is a little confusing, and it’s explained below, as well as other questions you may have about the election. We urge you to read all of it before voting.

Early voting begins today and runs weekdays through Tuesday, Sept. 6. Early voting for the TRE election will be held at Wharton County Annex D, Suite 115, 315 E. Milam St. in Wharton.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day except for the last day of early voting on Sept. 6, when hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is no early voting on Monday, Sept. 5 because of the Labor Day holiday.

On election day, Saturday, Sept. 10, voting will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Wharton Civic Center, Duncan Auditorium.

Again, we urge you to vote for the tax ratification election. It’s a win-win for the school district and the taxpayers.

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