by Ross Kecseg
Originally published by Empower Texans
Local citizens in Frisco successfully blocked their school district’s massive 13-cent property tax increase proposal, with 58% of voters rejecting the measure.
Traditionally, special elections outside of March, May, or November’s uniform election dates garner extremely low turnout since most voters aren’t aware of the election. Fortunately, Frisco ISD’s decision to call a special election for this purpose backfired.
Early voting turnout exceeded 14%, and was greater than overall turnout during May’s hotly contested city council races inside Frisco, which appeared on a ballot alongside a controversial alcohol-related proposition.
Unsurprisingly, district officials attempted to marginalize citizen opposition by spreading false or misleading propaganda, including claims that “outsiders” were working to sway the election.