The Higley USD governing board unanimously voted June 9 to put a bond question on the ballot.

The proposed $95 million bond places an emphasis on funding technology and safety and security, district officials said, with $15.5 million spent in those areas. It also includes:

  • $3.5 million for transportation;

  • $32 million for a possible lease purchase of one of the district’s two middle schools;

  • $2.5 million for land purchase if needed for another school;

  • $11 million for a major maintenance program;

  • $27 million for major projects; and

  • $3.5 million for contingency.

The $95 million represents most of the district’s $129 million in available bond capacity, officials said, but as assessed property values in the district go up, the available capacity will recover in the next few years if another bond is needed.

If passed, the bond would increase the district’s secondary property tax rate by $0.14 per $100 in assessed value, taking it from $1.44 to $1.58.