District Additional Assistance Override
On April 26, 2022, the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board approved a resolution calling for a Special District Additional Assistance override election on November 8, 2022.
What is a District Additional Assistance Override?
A District Additional Assistance (DAA) budget override allows a school district to levy a tax to pay for capital equipment items that cannot be purchased by the district’s regular capital budget and that is not included in a district’s current bond program. Arizona Revised Statute §15-481 grants public school district governing boards the authority to call for a District Additional Assistance Override election. Per statute, a District Additional Assistance Override is limited to the lesser of a specified dollar amount or 10% of the Revenue Control Limit.
Funds generated through the 2022 District Additional Assistance Override election would be used to provide:
- Curriculum materials and school technology
- School furniture, fixtures and equipment
- Fine Arts, Athletics and Library equipment & materials
- Playground equipment and facilities
History of District Additional Assistance Override:
Voters passed the current District Additional Assistance Override, November 2016
- Current override is $8,500,000
- Effective July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2024
- Tax rate for the current District Additional Assistance Override is $0.1381 (per $100 of property taxable value)
Proposed District Additional Assistance Override:
- Election is November 8, 2022
- Estimated Revenue Control Limit (RCL) for Fiscal Year 2023-2024 is $135,000,000
- District Additional Assistance Override is limited to the lesser of a specified amount or 10% of the District’s Revenue Control Limit
- Given that the override authorization is effective for seven years, $14,500,000 would allow for potential growth in the District Revenue Control Limit
- Based on 2023-2024 Estimated Revenue Control Limit (RCL) amount would be $13,500,000
- Estimated tax rate of $0.2356 (per $100 of property taxable value)
- Increase of $0.0975 (per $100 of property taxable value)
If approved, the newly proposed Override would go into effect July 1, 2023 and could total up to $14.5 million per year over a seven-year period.
Current and proposed District Additional Assistance Override Categories include:
% of INCREASE
Laptop refreshes, classroom modifications for Interactive Flat Panels, document cameras, software licenses
STEAM resources, science kit replenishment, Software assessments, math and reading resources, virtual/augmented reality resources
Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment
Student desks, chairs, filing cabinets, recess equipment
Musical instruments, choral risers, lighting, seating, curtains, sound systems
Playground equipment, shade structures, outdoor learning centers
Student tables, learning areas, reading materials, innovation rooms
Athletic equipment, uniforms, scoring equipment, e-sports equipment
Impact on Homeowners:
The average property taxable value of a home in Scottsdale is $498,108. The estimated annual average increase in property tax, should the override pass, would be $48.56 per year.
Property Taxable Value Current DAA Override $0.1381 (per $100 property taxable value) 10% of RCL $14.5 Million $0.2356 (per $100 property taxable value) Estimated Annual Difference Estimated Monthly Difference $498,108.00 $68.79 $117.35 $48.56 $4.05 $249,054.00 $34.40 $58.68 $24.28 $2.02 $996,215.00 $137.59 $234.71 $97.12 $8.09
The Maricopa County School Superintendent’s Office issues an official informational pamphlet for school district bond elections. If you wish to contribute a statement to the pamphlet that is either for or against the proposed Special District Additional Assistance Override, it must be submitted no later than 5 p.m., August 12, 2022 to:
Maricopa County School Superintendent
School Elections Office
4041 North Central Avenue Suite 1200
Phoenix, Az 85012
The deadline to register to vote for the November 8, 2022 election is October 10, 2022. The last day to request an Early Ballot be mailed to you for the November election is October 28, 2022 at 5 p.m. Receive a mail-in ballot for every election in which you are eligible to vote by signing up for the Active Early Voting List (AEVL).