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CALL OF ELECTION AND REQUEST FOR ARGUMENTS "FOR" OR
"AGAINST" THE SPECIAL ELECTION SCOTTSDALE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 48
 
Scottsdale Unified School District No. 48 of Maricopa County, Arizona (the "District"), will hold a special (i) 15% maintenance and operation budget override election and (ii) sale, lease or exchange of real property election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.  The total 15% budget override amount for the first year of the proposed extension and increase is estimated to be $18,846,218 and would be funded in that year by an estimated $0.41 tax rate per $100 of assessed valuation used for secondary property taxes.  The real property to be sold, leased or exchanged is commonly known as the Education Center and located at 3811 N. 44th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85018. The proceeds of any such sale will be used to construct, improve and furnish school buildings. Read Full Notice



2014 SUSD M&O Override

SUSD - Override Quick ReferenceSchool districts received a base level amount of $3,326.54 per student from the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) for Maintenance and Operation based on Average Daily Membership (ADM) for the 2013-14 school year. The adjusted base level amount, which includes adjustments for teacher compensation and career ladder, is $3,435.48.



THE FACTS:

• 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.



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• “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
education program.

• 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.

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