• School districts may receive additional money from voter approved initiatives, such as the Maintenance & Operations (M&O) Override.
• M&O Overrides fund lower class sizes, free full day Kindergarten and “specials” (Art, PE and Music) in Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) schools.
• The override will only provide additional funds for 5 years and must be renewed.
• Arizona is ranked in the bottom five nationally in per pupil funding and has consistently for years.
• Arizona had the highest rate of decline in educational spending in the nation at negative 21.8 percent during 2008-2012.
• Since 2008, State funding per pupil has declined. In the 2008-09 school year, funding was $3,515 per pupil. In 2012-13, we received $3,407, which is a $108 decrease.
• The state only funds Kindergarten for half a day; the override allows us to continue to fund the program fully.
• The override would allow the District to directly increase its spending in the classroom which equates to hiring additional teachers and decreasing classroom sizes.
• For the 2013-14 and 2014-15 Fiscal Year, SUSD cut more than $13 million from the operating budget.
• Cuts included more than 26.5 FTE at the District administrative and support levels.
• The Special Education department reduced costs associated with staff efficiencies in excess of $1 million.
• Other savings included efficiencies in transportation, increased out-of-pocket expenses for employees for the cost of healthcare, reduced travel and reduction in supply budgets for departments and schools.
|• “Specials” at the elementary level are reduced by half (Art,
Music, PE and Band /Strings at middle schools) in 2014-15.
• Override funds are used to supplement the state funding
formula and cannot be used to build buildings or buy desks
and computers. These dollars help provide a comprehensive
• Through voter approved overrides, school districts are allowed to increase their budgets.
• With an M&O Override, a district can increase its operating
budget by up to 15 percent. Overrides are in place for up to 5
years, and can be used for expenses within the M&O budget.
• Currently, SUSD has a 10 percent M&O Override that was
renewed in 2007. This Override was first approved in 1989 and
has been a cornerstone in SUSD for 25 years.
• At the end of the 5th year, the funding begins to decrease.
• The current 10 percent M&O Override began to phase out in FY 2014 and FY 2015 (loss of $8,656,000).
• The District currently has a 5 percent K-3 Override that was
renewed in 2009. Which funds full day Kindergarten.
• The 10 percent M&O Override and the 5 percent K-3 Override
currently total $11.5 million in funding.
• SUSD continues to have the lowest combined tax rate,
including the current overrides, among our peer districts.
• The override will cost Scottsdale taxpayers an additional .414
cents per $100 of assessed valuation. (An example of taxes on a $360,000 home would be an additional $120 per year.)
• This is not a new tax.