Fort Worth ISD
2011-12 Enrollment: 82,853
Change from 2002-03 to 2011-12:
+2.3% Fort Worth ISD +15.0% Texas
Source: Texas Education Agency
Fort Worth ISD serves more than 80,000 students through 83 elementary schools, 28 middle schools and sixth-grade centers, 14 high schools and 17 special campuses. The 198-square-mile district has a staff of more than 10,100 and an annual operating budget exceeding $588 million.
The data on this page is provided as of the date indicated and may not reflect debt, enrollment or other data as of any subsequent date. See, also, the Debt-at-a-Glance homepage for other explanations.
Current Debt Obligations
Debt Outstanding Fort Worth ISD,
as of August 31, 2012
|Type of Debt||Amount|
|Voter Approved Tax-Supported Debt||$715,114,995|
|Maintenance and Operations Tax-Supported Debt||$0|
|Revenue Supported Debt||$0|
|Lease Revenue Obligations||$0|
Source: Texas Bond Review Board
Current Tax Rates
Sales Tax Rate in Fiscal Year 2013
|Sales Tax Rate:||N/A|
Property Tax Rates in Calendar Year 2012
(Per $100 Valuation)
|Property Tax Rate||Amount|
|Voter Approved Tax-Supported Debt:||$0.282000|
|Maintenance & Operations:||$1.040000|
|Total Property Tax Rate:||$1.322000|
How Fort Worth ISD Compares
Total Debt Outstanding for School Districts of Similar Size, as of August 31, 2012
|ISD Name||Total Debt
|Fort Worth ISD||$715,114,995||$8,631||82,853|
|Fort Bend ISD||$915,409,540||$13,274||68,964|
|North East ISD||$1,277,593,430||$19,010||67,208|
|El Paso ISD||$445,188,641||$6,979||63,794|
Source: Texas Bond Review Board, Texas Education Agency
Note: The table includes Fort Worth ISD and nine school districts with closest enrollment numbers based on 2011-2012 TEA enrollment data. Total Debt Outstanding includes both tax-supported debt and revenue debt, including lease-revenue obligations, if any. Enrollment figures are 2011-2012 Texas Education Agency estimates. The state provides funding for debt service to some school districts; thus, Debt Outstanding per Student may not be indicative of relative school district debt service tax burdens.
Most Recent Bond Election
Fort Worth ISD Bond Election:
|11/2013||Prop. 1||School Building and Technology||$386,555,000|
|11/2013||Prop. 2||Specialty Schools||$73,305,000|
Source: Fort Worth ISD
Note: Does not reflect authorized but unissued debt, if any, approved at earlier elections.
Proposed Bond Issuances
Note: Reflects only referenda currently known and verified by the Comptroller's office at this time. If information is available for an upcoming proposed bond election, please contact us.
Debt Per Student changed by +40.7%
from 2002-2003 to 2011-2012.
Fort Worth ISD Outstanding Debt Per Student: 10-Year Trend
Sources: Texas Bond Review Board, Texas Education Agency, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Note: Debt information prior to 2002 may not be reflected. Ratio reflects debt in 2012 dollars divided by enrollment in the school year ending in the relevant year.
Authorized But Unissued Debt
After voters approve tax-supported debt for a local entity in an election, the entity applies to the Attorney General (OAG) to approve issuance before debt is issued. Typically, the entity does not apply for the OAG to approve the total debt package at once, but rather over time so that it can manage the projects and reduce interest expense. Authorized but unissued debt totals are the remaining voter approved tax-supported debt that the entity has not issued yet and may be issued in the future.
Source: Texas Bond Review Board
Note: Reflects authorized but unissued debt as of August 31, 2012. Some authorized but unissued debt before 2002 may not be reflected.
An Introduction to Understanding Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports
When you’re ready to learn about a public entity’s fiscal health, you’ll find a great deal of information in comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFRs) and other yearly reports. Often posted online alongside other financial information, CAFRs report an entity’s accounting statements, debts and other key information for the past year.
But sometimes that information can be tricky to find – and tough to understand. Because of that, our office compiled some tips for locating an entity’s CAFRs and for understanding them. You’ll learn how all CAFRs have certain similarities and when and why different entities’ CAFRs will differ in key ways. Plus, we detail strategies for pinpointing the debt, expenditure and revenue information you need to hold a government entity accountable.
Note that the data in the following publications is presented as of the dates indicated in the publications and may not reflect debt, population or other data as of any subsequent date. For further or more current information, see the applicable entity’s web site or its most recent filings at Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®). The Comptroller does not control or guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or currency of any such site. When you access any such site, you will be leaving the Comptroller’s website.
To learn more about the finances of public pension plans that may operate in this jurisdiction, please visit our public pension search tool.
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