Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Overrides are voter-approved initiatives that generate additional funding for schools above what the state provides. It will be used to provide one counselor on every HUSD campus and to lower class sizes across the district by adding additional teaching positions. Overrides are approved by voters for a term of seven years.
The State of Arizona has not provided adequate funding for building maintenance and repair to keep facilities up-to-standard for the past 10 years.
Bonds are loans made to the school district. Generally, bonds are used to purchase capital items and/or make capital improvements to existing facilities, such as building or renovating schools or purchasing school buses, computers, etc.
The Governing Board of the Humboldt Unified School District has called this special bond election to improve school safety and security, technology improvements, and classroom repairs and renovations (including roofs, heating, air conditioning, and furniture).
The District bonding capacity is estimated to be just over $96 million. However, being mindful of the impact to our voters and taking into account the needs of our schools, the District is asking for bond approval in the amount of $30 million.
The average additional tax rate needed to fully fund the HUSD bond is about 35 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, or $2.80 per month based on a home assessed at $100,000.
Arizona law requires the district to clearly list what the bonds will be spent on in the voter information pamphlet. The district is required to comply or be in violation of Arizona State law. School Districts that have bonds approved by the voters must hold public hearings annually to inform the public how the bond proceeds are spent. We will take the accountability effort one step further: We will establish a Bond Oversight Committee to review all expenditures at intervals and inform the public of our progress.
Yes. HUSD voters approved a bond for the Humboldt Unified School District in November 2006. The funds were used to construct and renovate existing facilities, including improvements at Liberty Traditional School, Glassford Hill Middle School, Humboldt Elementary School, Bradshaw Mountain High School, and the District’s transportation facility. Additionally, many elementary school playgrounds were repaired and renovated during the 2006 Bond. The bonds also helped with various other capital needs throughout the district. The voter approved bonds for 2006 will have been exhausted in 2018.
Yes. Surveys and research have shown that sound K-12 educational offerings along with quality school facilities and equipment that provide a safe and pleasing environment translate into higher property values in the neighborhoods that surround our schools.
The School District will have to rely upon continued limited State funding and risk HUSD school sites moving further into disrepair. That would also require the District to use educational operations funds for essential and emergency facility expenses, and could result in personnel reductions, increased class sizes, possible reduction or elimination of extracurricular programs, and reduced supplies at school.
The Bond will be on the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 ballot. Early voting for this measure will begin Wednesday Oct 7, 2020. Last day for voter registration is Monday, October 5, 2020. For more information about voting, call the Yavapai County Elections office at (928) 771-3250 or visit their website at http://www.yavapai.us/electionsvr/
Yes, the governor put forth a plan to increase teacher salaries by 20% by the year 2020. The governor also put forth a plan to restore district additional assistance to fully funded levels by 2023. The Humboldt Unified School District received approximately $1 million dollars for teacher salaries and approximately 35% of the state formula for what we should have received for district additional assistance (capital needs). As specified by the governor, the money for teacher salaries was given directly to our certified staff. Because money was not provided for non-teaching positions (school nurses, school psychologist, etc.), this year’s district additional assistance was provided to our support and professional staff.
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