In addition to weighing in on state and national representatives, Peoria voters will decide on school funding.
The Peoria Unified School District is asking for a continuation of a 13% maintenance and operations (M&O) budget override and a $125 million bond election. According to information provided by PUSD, “If approved, the M&O override continuation would continue to provide $28 million of additional funding each year to fund health care professionals, physical education, arts education, music, chorus and assistant principals on district campuses.”
Voters approved the current 13% override in 2015. But an increase to 15% narrowly failed last fall.
PUSD voters first approved a 10% override in 1996 and renewed overrides in 2001, 2006 and 2012.
In 2015, voters approved a 13% override. The authorization lasts for seven years and phases out over the last two years if not renewed or replaced with another voter-approved initiative.
If approved, the override will result in an estimated average annual tax rate of $1.4486 per $100 of limited assessed valuation for residential property owners.
The tax rate associated with the district’s existing bond sales and the new $125,255,000 bond authorization would be $1.4781 per $100 of limited assessed valuation for a residential homeowner in the district.
In school board races, five candidates will be on the ballot for the Deer Valley Unified School District board and four for the Glendale Elementary School District board. Both districts have three seats open and had one candidate withdraw.
A robust field of nine candidates will fight for three Peoria Unified School District governing board seats.
Seven of the candidates participated in a Sept. 21 forum sponsored by the Peoria United Parent Council.