The Dallas School Board is considering implementing a Construction Excise Tax which opponents fear would add $2,500 or more to the cost of new homes built in the city, pricing out new homebuyers. 

While the Dallas School Board couldn’t get a definitive endorsement from its Citizens Oversight Committee of a plan to implement a Construction Excise Tax, several community members made it abundantly clear it would be a bad idea.

The district’s finance committee first broached the idea to the school board at their April 24 meeting as a way to buffer their diminished coffers due to budgetary shortfalls at the state level. The board decided to forego a decision without hearing first from their CoC.

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