Capital Outlay Budget Override Election
... What is it?
What is a capital outlay budget override? Arizona State Law allows school districts to increase their capital budgets by an amount up to 10 percent of the Revenue Control Limit (RCL) with voter approval. The RCL is a state formula that determines how much funding school districts receive from the state each year.
Why is Alhambra School District asking for voter approval for a capital outlay override election?
School funding in Arizona is set by a statutory formula, but in recent years due to state budget deficits, funding to public schools has been cut. State cuts to the Alhambra Elementary School District budget have totaled more than $25 million over the last three years; this includes cuts to the capital budget, which provides funding for things such as school buses and other vehicles, computers, equipment, textbooks, furniture, and facilities’ maintenance and renovations.
Why does a school district ask for voter approval to exceed its capital budget? Exceeding the capital budget allows the district to provide a higher quality education, offer more programs and services to better meet the needs of students, to adequately prepare children and provide them with skills to succeed in a knowledge-based economy, to purchase equipment/technology for use by students in the classroom, to purchase vehicles for student transportation, and to maintain/renovate schools and district buildings.
How will override funds be used to benefit students? The capital outlay budget override monies will allow Alhambra School District to use this funding in the following ways:
- Classroom Technology – enables the district to purchase computers and up-to-date technologies used in the classroom
- Student Transportation – enables the district to purchase additional school buses to provide transportation to and from school
- Renovation of District Facilities – enables the district to maintain schools and district facilities
How long are override funds good for? Alhambra's capital outlay override election provides funding to the school district for seven years. Voters may reauthorize the capital outlay override in the seventh year.
What is Alhambra District's history of overrides? In the past, Alhambra’s voters have approved maintenance and operations override elections for 26 years, enabling the district to provide a higher standard of education for students; however, this is the first time Alhambra District is seeking voter approval for a capital outlay budget override election.
What happens if the capital outlay override is not passed?
If the capital outlay override is not passed, the district will not be able to:
• purchase the needed classroom technology that provides students with skills to be successful in college and
• purchase school buses to provide safe and adequate student transportation;
• maintain/renovate schools and district buildings to ensure campuses are safe, secure, and updated to provide an
environment conducive to student success in the classroom.
How will the capital outlay override affect my tax rate? The capital outlay override election will not increase the current tax rate. Passage of the capital outlay override will enable Alhambra School District to pay off a bond debt, this community approved in 1994, in advance. By paying off the bond debt early and replacing it with a lower capital outlay override, there will be no new increase to the tax rate.
How much is the capital outlay override and how much will it cost the average tax payer? Alhambra School District capital outlay override will generate $5,000,000 per year and will cost the average homeowner approximately $65.36 per year, or just .18 cents per day.
When will the capital outlay override question be on the ballot? The capital outlay override question will appear on the November 5, 2013, ballot. Early voting for this measure will start October 10, 2013.