The Governing Board of the Grand Canyon Unified School District called a special budget override election to be held on November 6, the day of the regularly scheduled election.
According to an informational pamphlet on the special election published by the office of the Coconino County School Superintendent, voters in the Grand Canyon School District will decide whether or not to continue a secondary property tax that would fund 9.3 percent of the district’s Maintenance and Operation Budget. The override would last seven years.
The district currently has an override in place that was approved in 2013.
The total amount of revenue to the maintenance and operation budget from the coming 2019 property tax will amount to $3,743,402.
If the proposed override is not approved, the current override will phase out by reducing by one-third, $65,743, in fiscal year 2019-20 and another one-third in fiscal year 2020-21.
Each one-third reduction would lower the secondary tax rate by approximately $0.41.
The informational pamphlet states that the estimated cost to a homeowner in the district with a limited property of $342,710 – the average value of a house in the district – would be about $424 per year.
If approved, the override would continue funding programs already in place within the district including music, fine arts, physical education and full-time kindergarten. The money will also go toward retaining and attracting quality staff.