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Some Arizona school buildings are in disrepair.

Other districts are growing and need new schools. Some want to spend more for technology, in a year where technology in education is more important than ever.

But districts need money for those improvements — improvements school leaders claim are more vital than ever, as a pandemic impacts education in unprecedented ways.

More than a dozen school districts in Maricopa County are asking voters to fund bonds and overrides on November’s ballot. The requests total more than $600 million. 

What are bonds and overrides? 

Bonds and overrides affect local property taxes. School districts do some of the math in estimating the impact on voters’ taxes and provide that in the voter pamphlets, which can be found on the Maricopa County school superintendent’s website.

A bond may be issued by public school districts to pay for longer-term projects, such as building new schools,