School is back in session and this year the Scottsdale schools are asking for your help!  It’s almost that time of year, election time, and there is a 2016 school bond on the ballot.

The bond amount totals $229,000 and will support 24,000 students to be dispersed over the course of 6 years at approximately 40k per year.  The good news?  If passed, there will be no tax rate impact.

How will the monies be earmarked?  The majority of funds from the bond will be targeted for rebuilding and refurbishing purposes with a focus on safety and security upgrades with the purchase of some new buses.  The remaining 16% will be spent on improving the student learning environment and help out in the area of physical fitness and athletics.

For a glimpse at the specific breakdown:

  • 6% School Rebuilds
  • 5% School Building Lifecycle
  • 2% School Learning Environments
  • 8% Physical Education and Athletics
  • 3% Safety and Security Upgrades
  • 6% Transportation

Why is the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) asking the citizens of Scottsdale to approve this bond?  They are citing that the State’s School Facilities Board has not provided monies for maintenance and repairs to keep their facilities up-to-standards; over the last six-year period the state budget was reduced to the tune of $37 million resulting in a reduction of SUSD’s funding.

The SUSD proposed bond will be on the November 8th ballet and the choice is yours whether your vote is a yes or no.

Still unsure of where you go to cast your ballet?  Check out Polling Places in Maricopa County to find your location.

Be sure to get out there and vote!

Don Matheson
Realtor | Founder
The Matheson Team – RE/MAX Fine Properties
21000 N. Pima Rd., #100, Scottsdale, AZ 85255