Allen Eagle Stadium’s construction continued even as Texas lawmakers cut the state’s education funding by $4 billion, reducing all school district tax rates by about one-third in 2006. By the 2011-2012 school year, Allen was facing a $4.5 million budget shortfall and was forced to cut 44 teaching positions and 40 support positions through attrition and voluntary buyouts.
While the simultaneous educational budget cuts and glamorous stadium construction yielded an incongruous couple, the school’s operating budget stood separate from construction. So in October 2011, Allen voters agreed to increase property tax rates by $0.13 to offset state education cuts.
Well, at least the community was willing to tax itself to make up the education shortfall, but dang, a $60 million high school football stadium? Dang. Only in Texas. Friday night lights and everything.