From Oct. 9-Nov. 5, voters will consider bond proposals for Gilbert Public Schools and Chandler USD and a bond reallocation for Higley USD. The Gilbert and Chandler bonds are designed to address the strain placed on the districts by fast-paced growth in the area or provide improvements for existing facilities and equipment.
School districts primarily use bond funds for large-scale capital improvement projects because money to do so is not included in districts’ annual budgets.
Districts receive funding from state, federal and local sources, including property taxes. The state provides the most funding, though the state has not paid schools the full amount it owes in “District Additional Assistance” for capital projects since fiscal year 2014-15.
Districts needing to catch up on deferred maintenance from the Great Recession era or experiencing rapid growth, such as the Gilbert portion of CUSD, may need to hold bond elections more often to build or maintain facilities.