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South Plains schools considering property tax hikes; how much will you pay?

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

On Saturday, May 10, voters in two South Plains school districts will consider passing bond packages that total more than $140 million.

Both Frenship and Lubbock-Cooper ISDs said they need to expand to accommodate a growing student population.

If these two bond proposals do pass, Frenship and Lubbock-Cooper ISDs would have the highest school property tax rates on the South Plains.

To start, KCBD looked at the top five districts with the highest school property tax rates in the area. The numbers are per $100 valuation.

Right now, Shallowater ISD has the highest rate at $1.53.

Frenship ISD and Abernathy ISD tie for second place with rates sitting at $1.50

However, Frenship ISD's school property rate could soon increase.

Voters will consider an $85.2 million bond package in May's election.

The major projects included in that package are a new ninth grade center, an elementary school campus and technology and security upgrades.

If the bond package is approved, the rate, per current state law, cannot exceed $1.54.

That is a rate Lubbock-Cooper might meet.

Right now, they are fourth on the list with a tax rate of $1.48, but they too are looking to pass a bond.

Their $55 million bond proposal includes expansions to their campuses like more classrooms, a new gymnasium, a new police department building and a career and technology building.

If passed, the district's property tax rate would increase to $1.54.

The fifth highest property tax rate in this area is Idalou at $1.46.

Here is our full list of school property tax rates in order from highest to lowest for districts in West Texas:

Hale Center ISD $1.34

Seagraves ISD $1.34

Plains ISD $1.2879

Roosevelt ISD $1.28

Slaton ISD $1.28

Levelland ISD $1.26

Brownfield ISD $1.258

Denver City $1.253

Lubbock ISD $1.235

Cotton Center ISD $1.17

Petersburg ISD $1.17

Southland ISD $1.17

Plainview ISD $1.04

Lorenzo ISD $1.027

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