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Initial statewide results: 75 percent of bonds, overrides pass (+ Infographic)


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  • David Marino Jr. and Lisa Irish/AZEdNews

People Wait In Line To Vote Outside Sundance Elementary School In Peoria, Arizona On Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016. Photo Lisa Irish/AZEdNews

School boards in 46 of Arizona’s 223 school districts asked voters to increase local funding for schools through passage of bond and override measures this election cycle and 75 percent of the 48 ballot measures passed.

The passage rate was slightly higher for overrides than bonds, with 80 percent of overrides passing compared to 70 percent of bonds.

Initial statewide results: 75 percent of bonds, overrides pass (+ Infographic) WaitingToVote1SundanceElementary

People wait in line to vote outside Sundance Elementary School in Peoria, Arizona on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016. Photo Lisa Irish/AZEdNews

Bonds and overrides are community support for district schools generated by local property taxes and approved by voters for a set time and purpose.

Next week: What the election results mean for Arizona’s school districts

An override allows a school district to increase funds up to 15 percent of their budget for maintenance and operation. Twenty-two districts put M&O measures to voters, with a passage rate of 77 percent. All 10 overrides in Maricopa County school districts passed.

While a capital override can raise funds for a school district up to 10 percent of a district’s revenue control limit. Four districts went out for capital overrides and all passed.

When voters pass a bond, it provides a certain amount of money for set projects. Sixteen of the 23 school bond measures on ballots around the state passed.

Who passed what?

M&O Overrides: Alhambra ESD; Avondale ESD; Bagdad USD; Balsz ESD; Buckeye Union HSD; Continental ESD; Laveen ESD; Liberty ESD; Marana USD; Maricopa USD; Santa Cruz Valley USD; Somerton ESD; St. Johns USD; Stanfield ESD; Tolleson ESD; Tolleson Union HSD; Vail USD

Capital Overrides: Madison USD; Sahuarita USD; Scottsdale USD and St. Johns Unified School District.

Bonds: Amphitheater USD; Casa Grande ESD; Creighton ESD; Duncan USD; JO Combs USD; Lake Havasu USD; Murphy ESD; Pendergast ESD; Safford USD; Sahuarita USD; Santa Cruz Valley UHSD; Scottsdale USD; Sierra Vista USD; Tempe ESD; Washington ESD; Wickenburg USD

View a sortable Excel file with complete statewide results

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