School is back in session already!  Now would be the perfect time to remind you of what it would cost if you are caught using a phone or speeding through a school zone. The state of Texas has recently increased fines and court costs for drivers caught speeding in school zones. This is so drivers recognize the importance of obeying the school zone speed limits. If you are caught with any moving violation in a school zone $25 will be added to the citation

HOW MUCH WILL A SCHOOL ZONE TICKET COST ME?

This is the latest information we found courtesy of the Victoria Police Department. If you get caught speeding in a school zone, you will be fined $305 if you are speeding from 1-20 MPH over the speed limit.  If you are caught speeding going over 20 MPH of the posted school zone speed limit, you will be fined $305 + $ 3 for each additional mile.

DON'T USE YOUR PHONE IN A SCHOOL ZONE:

If you are ticketed using a wireless communication device in a school zone you will be fined $330.00.

STOP FOR SCHOOL BUSSES:

If you fail to stop for a school bus you will be fined the amount of $810.00

Many School Districts in Texas Kick-Off Four-Day This Year:

Many districts in the State of Texas will begin utilizing a four-day school week this year.  One of those districts is Crosbly Independent School District, near Houston, which is the first district in Harris County to change to a 4-day school week.  According to click2hsouton.com, District officials said they moved to a four-day week to help recruit and retain quality teachers.

It appears this has worked! According to the article, the district has seen improvement, as recruitment of certified teachers has risen up to 70% compared to last year.

TAX-FREE WEEKEND:

This year’s sale tax holiday begins Friday, Aug. 11, and goes through midnight Sunday, Aug. 13.  Save the sales tax on school supplies, clothes, and more. For a complete list of what you CAN buy clothes-wise tax-free just click here. This list comes straight from the Texas Tax Comptroller's Office. When it comes to school supplies remember, only the school supplies on this list priced under $100 qualify for exemption from tax during the sales tax holiday.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: 

Only the school supplies on this list priced under $100 qualify for exemption from tax during the sales tax holiday.

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  • Binders
  • Blackboard chalk
  • Book bags
  • Calculators
  • Cellophane tape
  • Compasses
  • Composition books
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Folders – expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila
  • Glue, paste and paste sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Index card boxes
  • Kits*
  • Legal pads
  • Lunch boxes
  • Markers (including dry erase markers)
  • Notebooks
  • Paper – loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper
  • Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Protractors
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Writing tablets

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR:

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During the sales tax holiday, you can buy most footwear and clothing (sold for less than $100) tax-free. You do not need to give the seller an exemption certificate.

The exemption applies to each eligible item sold for less than $100, and there is no limit to the number of qualifying items you can buy.

 BACKPACKS:

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During the sales tax holiday, student backpacks sold for less than $100 are exempt from tax.

The exemption includes backpacks with wheels and messenger bags. You can buy up to 10 backpacks tax-free at one time without giving an exemption certificate to the seller.

FOR A FULL LIST OF TAX-FREE BACK-TO-SCHOOL ITEMS, CLICK HERE.

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