LA MARQUE, Texas After months of arguing and hand-wringing over budget options, the fate of the La Marque school district s budget is in the voters hands.

Early voting begins today for the district s tax ratification election. While district officials and trustees are hoping voters approve a tax increase, they are also looking at alternatives should voters say no.

No Alternative Plan

Trustees discussed alternatives at a Nov. 8 budget workshop. The Daily News requested the alternative plan on Nov. 15, but district officials did not provide it.

At this time, we do not have finalized and approved plans to share, La Marque school district Superintendent Ecomet Burley said in an email.

Alternative plans are still in the development stage, Burley said, and will be discussed with the board in a future meeting.

The district needs to close an approximately $2.9 million deficit in the 2012-13 budget. To balance the budget, trustees are asking voters to approve a total increase in the tax rate of 11 cents per $100 of assessed value. The tax increase would generate about $1.8 million.

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