Voters on Tuesday rejected a tax rate increase for South San Antonio Independent School District by 57 percent of the vote.
Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra confirmed that South San is using district school buses Tuesday to transport South San employees to polling sites.
South San trustees voted 5-2 in June to call a a tax ratification election to increase the tax rate by 13 cents.
Saavedra started in March 2014 after serving as interim superintendent for three months. He was the fifth person to run the district in less than three years.
Trustees of the South San Antonio Independent School District met Wednesday night to address a $6.4 million budget deficit.
The district’s chief financial officer presented several proposed reductions that could help the district close its funding gap.
Last year, Garden Valley was served by a South San Antonio ISD bus route. This year, the bus service was eliminated.
South San Antonio ISD, a small, high-poverty district, has made strides to overcome years of school board infighting and micromanagement.