Bonds and overrides are voter-approved initiatives that generate additional tax revenue to fund projects and operations for local school districts and community colleges. Bonds and overrides are tools that our local communities can use to provide funds for their local schools above and beyond what the state provides.
Bonds are purchased by investors for a specific dollar amount. They pay for longer-term projects, such as building schools, buying buses, or replacing HVAC systems or roofs. Bonds are repaid over a set period of time.
Overrides allow a district to increase its budget by up to 15% for seven years to support classroom activities like teaching, learning, and operations.
Two types of overrides voters may see are:
Most overrides are approved for a term of 7 years. If an override is not renewed, the amount decreases by one-third in the 6th year and two-thirds in the 7th year, so many school districts will ask voters to approve a renewal in year 4 or 5 of an override to maintain a consistent level of funding.
Every vote counts! Over the last several years, dozens of bond and override elections across the state passed or failed by the tiniest of margins. In 2019, six bonds and overrides didn’t pass, including two from the Dysart Unified School District, by a margin of just hundreds of votes. Three out of four voters stayed home.
In Arizona, school funding is among the lowest in the nation and has not kept pace with inflation. Bonds and overrides are critical for helping schools afford everyday expenses like teacher salaries, building renovations and full-day kindergarten. If bonds and overrides fail at the ballot, schools must make difficult decisions on how to operate with less funding, and which essential programs and services for children they must cut.
Override questions will appear on your ballot as “budget increase, yes” or “budget increase, no.” (While it says increase, it may actually be a continuation from a previous override, not an actual increase on your tax bill.) Bond questions will appear on your ballot as “bond approval, yes” and “bond approval, no.” Vote YES on all measures!
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