Governing Board Issues Call for November M&O Override Election

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (June 13, 2019) – At its June 11 regular monthly meeting, the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Governing Board unanimously approved a resolution calling for a special budget override election to be held Nov. 5, 2019.

An override is a tool that is available to local communities to provide funds for their schools beyond what the state of Arizona provides school districts. In the all vote-by-mail election, voters residing within SUSD’s Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Phoenix and Tempe boundaries will be asked whether they wish to continue the current 15% Maintenance and Operations (M&O) override to the District’s revenue control limit that they first approved in November 2014.

The current M&O override’s tax rate of $0.37 per $100 of net assessed valuation used for secondary property tax purposes would not change if the override is reauthorized. A vote to approve the M&O override would continue the current tax rate through June 30, 2025.

Extending the M&O override for five years would generate approximately $21.4 million that SUSD would use to:

  • maintain current class size standards;
  • maintain all-day kindergarten programming; and
  • maintain current music, art, world languages, athletics and co-curricular activities.

Extending the current tax rate would also permit the District to continue its emphasis on technology for students and classrooms, professional learning opportunities for staff and continuing to provide teachers with competitive salaries.

If voters do not approve extending the current M&O override, SUSD will lose approximately $6.5 million per year for each of the override’s final three years, for a total of $19.5 million, until the additional funding completely phases out on June 30, 2023.

Override elections are managed by the Maricopa County School Superintendent’s Office, which will mail a publicity pamphlet to SUSD voters in advance of the Nov. 5 election. The pamphlet is required to feature a statement from the SUSD Governing Board in favor of the override. Members of the public may also contribute statements of support or opposition to the override to the county school superintendent’s office by 5 p.m., Aug. 9.

Ballots are expected to be mailed to voters in early October. Mailed ballots must be delivered to Maricopa County Elections Department offices or ballot drop-off locations by 5 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5. A link to locate the voter’s closest ballot drop-off location will be printed on the mailing panel of the publicity pamphlet.

For more information on school district elections, visit the Maricopa County School Superintendent elections website at http://schoolsup.org/elections, email schoolelections@maricopa.gov, or call (602) 506-3978.  Media release:Governing Board Issues Call for November M&O Override Election