Ballot questions affecting the Paradise Valley Unified School District will be on the November 5, 2019 ballot for residents within our boundaries.
About the November 5 Election
Voters will decide two separate questions in this Vote by Mail election:
- Whether to approve the sale of $236.1 million in bonds over four years to build and maintain schools, comply with safety regulations, improve school grounds, and purchase school furniture, equipment, technology, and school buses.
- Whether to renew the district's capital spending authority by $6.4 million per year beginning in the 2020-21 school year and continuing for a total of seven years to buy instructional materials such as text and library books, individual student workbooks, instructional software, and vehicles.
About Bonds and DAA (Capital) Overrides
A bond is a loan the district receives from individuals who purchase the bonds. All money generated by this election can only be spent on capital items such as buildings and grounds, school furniture, equipment and technology, instructional materials, and vehicles. It cannot be spent on daily operations expenditures such as salaries. An override allows the school district to increase its budget.
Why the Election Is Being Held
The district needs bonds to replace, repair, and maintain aging facilities, build new facilities to accommodate growth, and buy furniture, equipment, technology, and school buses. The capital budget override will pay for instructional materials and support vehicles.
Since 2007, the state has not fully funded the capital formula created by the state as part of the settlement of a capital funding lawsuit. While the legislature has begun to re-fund this formula, the per-student amount in the formula remains unchanged since it was set in 1998.
How the Money Will Be Spent
|Building Repairs and Renovation (roofing, A/C, flooring, ceilings, security, and fire alarms)||$128 million|
|Technology Hardware and Software||$41.4 million|
|Furniture and Equipment||$20 million|
|New Construction – Instructional||$25 million|
|Student Transportation||$6.7 million|
|Textbooks and Instructional Materials||$5.96 million|
The override funding will amount to $44.87 million over seven years.
2019 Summer Bond Projects
Over the summer of 2019, construction and renovations occurred at several of our schools. The projects (totaling $17,333,159) were able to be completed because of the 2015 bond funding passed by voters.
Bond and Override Frequently Asked Questions
- What happens if the override and bond are not approved?
The district will be required to use operations funds to pay for critical renovations. Cuts to the operations budget could come from increasing class size, reducing or eliminating special programs, layoffs and reducing school supplies.
- How will your taxes be affected?
The district has structured the bond and override program so that the aggregate tax rate for the bonds and override will remain approximately the same as is currently levied by the district, which is $171 per $100,000 of the assessed valuation of a home.