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Message from Our Superintendent

October 2018

Dear Altar Valley Families,

Continuation of 10% Maintenance and Operations Budget Override

November 6, 2018 - Special Election

Proposition 465 - 10% M&O Override

The Altar Valley School District Governing Board is asking voters to reauthorize the 10% Maintenance and Operations Override. This override was originally approved by voters in 2002 and re-approved in 2008 and 2014.

This is a renewal of the current override. If renewed, there is no change to local property taxes. This is not a new tax. The estimated tax rate for the override will be $0.97 per $100 of assessed valuation.  

Renewal of the override will help us maintain:

  • Free full-day kindergarten - the state only provides funding to offer half-day
  • Student programs - STEM/career exploration, art, PE, and drama
  • Competitive teacher and staff salaries - excellent salary and benefits allow Altar Valley to recruit and retain the most talented teachers and staff
  • Low class sizes to allow for personalized instruction
  • Free athletics programs

Below are some frequently asked questions: 

Why is the school district asking voters to approve the continuation of the override?
The election is to renew the override already in place. Overrides must be renewed at least every five years to avoid funding cuts. 

What is a budget override?
Overrides are used to provide additional funding to support what happens in our schools. The state has set a base support level of funding for all Arizona schools. Acknowledging that communities may want to provide their children with more than the minimum level, the state allows school districts to exceed the minimum with a voter approved budget override. 

How does the district use these funds?
Altar Valley uses the override dollar to provide:

  • Free full-day kindergarten
  • Free athletics programs
  • Students programs that support the development of the whole child, including STEM/career exploration, art, PE, and drama programs
  • Low class sizes
  • Competitive teacher and staff salaries

If approved by voters, what will be the cost of the override to Altar Valley homeowners?
This is a renewal of the current override. If renewed, there is no change to local property taxes. This is not a new tax. The estimated tax rate for the override will be $0.97 per $100 of assessed valuation.  

When will the election be held?
The election will be on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The deadline to register to vote is October 6, 2018. 

Sincerely, 

    Dr. David Dumon

    Dr. David Dumon
    Superintendent
    Altar Valley School District