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Prop 457: Maintenance and Operation Override Election


The Governing Board of the Sunnyside Unified School District has called a special budget override election to be held on November 7, 2017 seeking voter authorization to exceed the Maintenance and Operation Budget limit by 12%. 

Approval will allow the District to increase its M&O Budget by approximately $9,475,000. Such budget override shall be funded from a levy of taxes on the taxable property within the District and be in effect for a period of seven years.

Though future changes in District assessed value would cause tax rates to fluctuate for a given year, the District estimates that the average annual secondary rate, attributed to the 12% override will be $2.2285 per $100 of assessed value, which represents $165.18 p/year for the average Sunnyside owner occupied home, or $13.77 per month. The override will provide funding for:

FINE ARTS AND ENRICHMENT

  • Maintain and expand free after school tutoring and enrichment programs
  • Staff every elementary school with full time specialists to include art, music, PE and librarian positions
  • Establish 7 period day at all middle schools by adding fine arts and career-academy electives
  • Expand District student internship opportunities
  • Add STAR Academic High School electives

ATHLETICS

  • Reduce high school athletics participation fees
  • Establish refresh cycle for athletics uniforms and equipment
  • Continue and expand middle school athletics program
  • Establish district-wide elementary intramural athletics program
  • Pay all athletic transportation costs for high school, middle and elementary 
  • Pay all maintenance costs of running athletic programs 
  • Pay AIA maintenance costs of running athletic programs
  • Pay AIA fees, league dues and officials for high school, middle school and elementary athletic programs
  • Establish a dedicated grounds crew specifically for athletics programs
  • Coaching staff: Increase and standardize staffing for middle and high school athletic programs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: WHAT IS AN M&O BUDGET OVERRIDE AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR?

A: Arizona State Law sets strict statewide limits on the amount which school districts can spend on the education of students. Arizona allows districts to increase their M&O budget up to 15% of the state Revenue Control Limit if approved by the voters of the district. An override supports day to day maintenance and operation expenditures of a school district such as utilities, expenditures and personnel related costs. 

Q: IS AN OVERRIDE DIFFERENT THAN A BOND ELECTION? 

A: Yes. Bonds allow school districts to fund capital projects such as school buses, facility construction, renovations and repairs, computers, security systems. Bonds cannot be used for M&O expenses. Overrides cannot be used for Bond projects. 

Q: WILL THE OVERRIDE CAUSE THE TAX LEVY ON PROPERTY LOCATED WITHIN THE DISTRICT TO INCREASE? 

A: Yes. The District estimates the average annual secondary tax rate attributed to the override will increase the annual secondary tax rate by $2.2285 for the average SUSD owner occupied home; or $13.77 per month, though future changes in District assessed value would cause tax rates to fluctuate for a given year. 

Q: WILL PROPERTY TAXES DECREASE IF THE OVERRIDE IS NOT AUTHORIZED? 

A: No. The Sunnyside Unified School District is one of the two Tucson-area school districts that does not have a voter authorized override currently in effect.

Q.  Since this is a “Vote by Mail Election”,  how do I vote/when will ballots be mailed out?

A: Ballots are scheduled to be mailed out on October 11, 2017 and must be returned by mail no later than November 3, 2017.  If you fail to return your ballot by this date, please refer to the “Voter Information Pamphlet” which will be mailed out to all registered voters by October 3, 2017 for information regarding the election and how to cast your ballot. 

Learn more by calling (520) 545-2220

Pima County Recorder’s Office (520) 740-4330

Register to vote by Oct. 9 at www.recorder.pima.gov/regvote 

This is a vote-by-mail election. Ballots mailed to registered voters 21 days before election with instructions and replacement ballot sites information.

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Published by victorm1 on Tue, 08/29/2017 - 11:06am
Last modified on: Fri, 10/06/2017 - 1:45pm