Maricopa County school bonds and overrides on November 2020 ballot

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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,

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These school tax proposals are on Genesee County’s November ballot

GENESEE COUNTY, MI — Some Genesee County voters will decide the fate of local school tax proposals in the November general election.

Proposals include a $55-million bond for Linden Community Schools and an operating millage renewal and sinking fund millage extension for Flushing Community Schools.

Linden Community Schools’ $55 million bond proposal

The Linden School Board originally voted to place the 25-year, $55-million bond on the May ballot, but the novel coronavirus pandemic prompted it to reschedule for the Tuesday, Nov. 3 ballot.

No changes have been made to the original proposal, and the net tax rate increase for residents remains at 1 mill. To reduce overall bond interest costs, the bonds will be sold in three series, district officials said.

If passed, the funds would go toward student safety and security, expanding and enhancing instructional spaces, remodeling, upgrading and constructing school facilities and upgrading technology, according to the district.

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Education tax back on November ballot

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A proposal to raise taxes on the state’s wealthiest earners and boost spending on Arizona’s public schools is back on the November ballot, the Arizona Supreme Court has ruled. 

The court wrote in its unanimous order that Invest in Education’s 100-word description “did not create a significant danger of confusion or unfairness,” reversing a Maricopa County Superior Court judge’s ruling that would have kicked the measure off the ballot.

Advocates who have long championed #InvestInEd celebrated on Wednesday. Rebecca Gau, executive director of Stand for Children, said the decision was “great news” for Arizona. 

“We need to inject funding into education,” she said. “Both now and when the pandemic is over.” 

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce-backed committee challenging #InvestInEd’s spot on the ballot, which had argued the measure’s synopsis was misleading to voters, rebuked the state high court’s decision. 

“Arizona deserves

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Tax referendum for Meridian School District to appear on November ballot

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Come November, Stillman Valley voters won’t just be seeing the presidential vote on the ballot. Voters will also have to make a decision on permanently increasing taxes paid to the Meridian School District, as well.

District officials explained the bill actually won’t translate to more money paid, but that he tax increase has been in effect for the last six years. Essentially, a vote yes would continue the status quo, according to district officials. They said the tax is based on property value and as long as a home’s value doesn’t change, neither will taxes. Officials also pointed to the data showing a need for increased funding during a time of social distancing.

“So at the time the referendum was passed we had over an a million dollar deficit so the influx of money first allowed us to stabilize,” said Meridian School District Superintendent PJ Caposey.

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