Download the “Your Tools for Tracking Your Tax Dollars” (PDF, 586K) worksheets.
Exercising Your Power as a Taxpayer
Attend hearings and meetings of school boards and districts that issue debt in your name. Learn the faces and know the reasons and arguments behind these decisions to take on debt. Make your voice heard.
Put Yourself in the Know
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Learn the basics of public and higher education debt.
The Texas Bond Review Board (BRB) offers information and resources on local government debt, including including debt for local school and community college districts and state universities and colleges.
BRB does not approve local government debt and is only an information provider. The BRB’s mission is to ensure that state debt financing is used prudently to meet Texas’ infrastructure needs and other public purposes and to support and enhance the debt issuance and debt management functions of state and local entities.
View the BRB’s reports and resources to help you better understand education debt.
See how your school district’s or college’s debt ranks.
Compare how your school district’s or community college’s debt stacks up with other areas. Look up debt issued by individual district or community college district by using the Comptroller’s maps and look-up tools.
The Comptroller’s updated Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) tool provides the debt level carried by each Texas school district. Access the tool at FASTexas.org to find expenditures and debts for individual school districts.
Find out about state university and college debt.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board provides leadership and coordination for the Texas higher education system. Visit their website to find a wealth of data and information on Texas school cost and expenditures, a general appropriations overview and information on school debt trends.