Early results show Queen Creek school district budget override renewed

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Unofficial numbers --- 10,982 ballots cast in the mail-only Nov. 5 election --- show voters in favor of continuing the Queen Creek Unified School District’s maintenance and operations 15% budget override, according to unofficial early results posted by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.

With 9,727 votes cast, as of 6:47 p.m. Nov. 8, there were 5,286 (54%) voting “yes” for budget override continuation and 4,423 (46%) voting “no,” according to recorder.maricopa.gov/electionresults.

The estimated average annual tax rate is $1.39 per $100 of net assessed valuation used for secondary property tax purposes. For a home valued at $131,000, homeowners will pay approximately $15 per month if the override is continued. For a home valued at $500,000, homeowners would pay approximately $57 per month.

Two items before voters in the Higley Unified School District were approved in the Nov. 5 mail-only ballot, according to unofficial results posted by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.

The district had two questions: asking voters to modify the purpose or list of capital projects authorized by previous voter-approved bond authorization and authorizing the district to continue a maintenance and operations 15% budget override.

With 10,982 votes cast, continuing a budget override had 6,793 (64%) “yes” votes and 3,860 (36%) “no” votes; and changing capital improvements had 7,151 (66%) “yes” votes and 3,619 (34%) “no” votes, according to recorder.maricopa.gov/electionresults.

The tax rate needed to fund the full override the first year was estimated to be $1.53 per $100 of assessed valuation. The owner of a home with a limited property value of $180,753 would pay about $23 a month to fund the override, according to a 2015 fact sheet at husd.org.

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