School districts’ ballot items regarding finances get closer to passing

A Higley USD bond reallocation and a maintenance and operations budget override continuance were passing easily in voting results released from the Maricopa County Recorders Office. (Courtesy Higley USD)
A Higley USD bond reallocation and a maintenance and operations budget override continuance were passing easily in voting results released from the Maricopa County Recorders Office. (Courtesy Higley USD)

A Higley USD bond reallocation and a maintenance and operations budget override continuance were passing easily in voting results released from the Maricopa County Recorders Office. (Courtesy Higley USD)

The five bond or override ballot questions that the public school districts that serve Gilbert put before voters continue to inch toward approval in results released at 5 p.m. Nov. 6.

With 29,914 ballots counted, Gilbert Public Schools' request to increase its maintenance and operations, or M&O, budget override from 10% to 15% was receiving 55% approval. That was the narrowest margin among the five ballot questions, and the only one that requested a tax increase.

GPS' $100 million bond was receiving 62% support. That was enough for Superintendent Shane McCord to thank voters for approving the measures.

“We are extremely grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community, with exceptional students, employees, and families,” McCord said in a statement released after the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office released the updated Nov. 6 count. “Now is the time for us to look forward, together, as we build on the incredible momentum in our school district and continue to inspire excellence in every learner.”

At Higley USD, with 9,975 ballots counted, its M&O override continuance was passing with 63% of the vote, and its bond money reallocation had 66% support.


“We’re very excited about that,” Superintendent Mike Thomason said Nov. 5 after the first returns were released. “We have an incredible community, incredible teachers, and we’re just extremely blessed to have the turnout that we did.”

Chandler USD’s $290.25 million bond, the largest in the district’s history, was passing with 62% of the vote from among 43,673 ballots counted.
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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