The Flowing Wells School District Governing Board is asking voters to reauthorize and raise a maintenance and operations budget override to supplement State school funding. The override has been in effect since 1997. The proposed 13% override is a continuation and increase of the existing 10% override.
Prop 497: What It Does
If approved, the continuation of the override will leave in place funding that was approved by voters in 2019 and raise the amount from 10% to 13%. It will also leave in place and raise the existing property tax that funds the override. This will result in a tax of approximately $260 per year for the owner of a property assessed at the average value for the District. The override will be in effect for 7 years.
The 13% override will provide $4,771,102 (est.) in funding starting in the 2024-25 school year. The District expects to use the money to establish new, hands-on K-12 engineering classes. Additionally, it will help maintain the current funding level for existing programs including:
- Fine arts and performing arts programs
- Specialized elective classes
- Competitive salaries for teachers and staff
- Full-day Kindergarten and reasonable class sizes
- Athletics for elementary through high-school
- Safe and well maintained campuses
If the override is rejected, the current 10% override, and the tax that funds it, will be phased out over 3 years starting in fiscal year 2025-26.
Reasons for renewing the override…
- Without the override, cutbacks will have to be made to Flowing Wells programs that currently serve students.
- Maintaining competitive salaries enhances the District’s ability to attract and retain talented teachers.
- The extra revenue will help Flowing Wells maintain and expand the high quality education the District now provides
- The District has a track record of spending override money reasonably.
Reasons for eliminating the override…
- The property tax supporting the override will be phased out, reducing the tax burden on homeowners.
What Your Vote Means
The existing M&O budget override will be raised to 13% and will continue for 7 years. The tax that supports it will also be raised.
The override and the resulting tax will be phased out.
For more information about Prop. 497, download the Voter Information Pamphlet prepared by Pima County’s School Superintendent