The Marana Unified School District will conduct public forums for community members to learn about Proposition 400. This proposition requests voter authorization to continue the current 10-percent maintenance and operation budget override, approved in 2007.
The public forums will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at Mountain View High School, 3901 W. Linda Vista Blvd., and again on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at Marana Middle School, 11285 W. Grier Road.
Dr. Doug Wilson, Marana Unified School District Superintendent, will present information and answer questions.
On Tuesday, Nov. 8, a special election will be held in the Marana Unified School District of Pima County, Arizona. Marana Unified School District will be asking the registered voters of the District if they will authorize a continuation of the 10-percent maintenance and operations budget override.
The proposed override is a continuation of the existing override that was previously approved by the voters in November 2007, which is scheduled to phase down by one-third for fiscal year 2012-2013 if the voters do not approve the continuation.
Continuing the budget override is not a request for new funding or programs. The budget override shall be funded from a levy of taxes on the taxable property within the District and be in effect for a period of seven years.
The budget override will not create a new tax. In fact, the District has continued to lower secondary tax rates since 2007. Upon reauthorization, the estimated associated tax rate will remain approximately equal to the existing tax rate, $0.84 per $100 of assessed valuation.
The Marana Unified School District's budget has been impacted by $20 million over the past four years. If the override is not approved by the voters, the District will experience an additional $6.4 million reduction to the budget resulting in unavoidable increases in class size and the elimination or reduction in the level of classroom and support services it currently provides students in the following areas:
•Remedial, Elective Courses, and Advanced classes.
For more information, visit www.maranausd.org/override.