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Posted on: July 20, 2018

Flagstaff and Grand Canyon Voters Consider School Bond, Override Ballot Questions

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County Superintendent of Schools seeks Arguments ‘For’ and ‘Against’ questions

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, Coconino County voters within the Flagstaff Unified School District #1 (FUSD) will consider an override and special bond election, and those living in Grand Canyon Unified School District #4 (GCUSD) will consider an override election.


Registered County voters within GCUSD will vote on the following issue:


  • To adopt a General Maintenance and Operations Budget, which exceeds the revenue control limit specified by statute by 9.3 percent for fiscal years 2019-2020 through 2023-2024 and in fiscal years 2024-2025 and 2025-2026. The amount of the proposed increase will be 6.19 percent and 3.09 percent, respectively, of the District’s revenue control limit in each of such years. The 2019-2020 budget override authority represents an extension of the existing 9.3 percent budget override. If the override is not approved for continuation, then the existing 9.3 percent override will phase out by reducing one-third for fiscal year 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. The estimated tax rate to fund the continued override in fiscal year 2019-2020 is $1.24 per one hundred dollars of net assessed valuation used for secondary property tax purposes.


Registered County voters within FUSD will vote on the following issues:

 

  • A Special Bond Election, which will allow the District to issue and sell Class B general obligation bonds in the principal amount not to exceed $ 75,000,000 to fund capital improvements over and above those funded by the State. The estimated average annual tax rate for the proposed bond authorization is $0.4067 per $100 of net assessed valuation used for secondary property tax purposes.


  • To adopt a General Maintenance and Operation Budget which exceeds the revenue control limit specified by statute by 15 percent for fiscal years 2019-2020 through 2023-2024 and in fiscal years 2024-2025 and 2025-2026 The amount of the proposed increase will be 10 percent and 5 percent, respectively, of the District’s revenue control limit in each of such years. The District’s current 15 percent budget override is by law required to be reduced by one-third in fiscal years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Because the existing override does not begin reducing until fiscal year 2020-2021, the proposed 15 percent override budget will equal the 2019-2020 alternate budget. The estimated tax rate to fund the override in fiscal year 2019-2020 is $0.70 per one hundred dollars of net assessed valuation used for secondary property tax purposes.


The Coconino County Superintendent of Schools will prepare an informational pamphlet for the election. The pamphlet will be mailed to households of registered voters who reside within the relevant school districts. Arguments “For” and “Against” these issues are being requested by the County Superintendent of Schools Office for inclusion in the informational report. The County School Superintendent shall review all factual statements contained in the written arguments and correct any inaccurate statements of fact. The County School Superintendent shall not review and correct any portion of the written arguments which are identified as statements of the author’s opinion.


Arguments are to be 200 words or less and be typed or printed and signed by the author. The arguments shall include the name of the District, author's name, the name of any entity submitting an argument, address, telephone number and the author’s signature. The entity and author’s name will be printed in the informational pamphlet.


Arguments must be received by 5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in the Coconino County Superintendent of Schools office, Ponderosa High School, 2384 N Steves Blvd., Flagstaff, Ariz. 86004. Faxes will be accepted at (928) 526-1469; however, the original must be mailed to Coconino County Superintendent of Schools by the stated deadline. For more information, call (928) 679-8070.


For more information concerning District elections, contact:

  • Grand Canyon Unified School District, 100 Boulder St, Grand Canyon, Ariz. 86023, or call (928) 638-2461.
  • Flagstaff Unified School District, 3285 E. Sparrow, Flagstaff, Ariz. 86004, or call (928) 527-6000.

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