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Override election for WUSD returns on Nov. 2 ballot
Voters to decide whether to continue 10 percent school budget override

Williams High School (Wendy Howell/WGCN)

Williams High School (Wendy Howell/WGCN)

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Williams voters will once again be asked whether to adopt a budget override for Williams Unified School District this November.

The 2022-2023 budget override authority represents an extension of the existing 10 percent budget override. Approval of the override this year will not increase taxes, but will keep the rate the same.

If the override is not approved for continuation, the existing 10 percent override will phase out by reducing one-third for fiscal year 2023-2024 and 2024-2025.

Since 1999, voters in Williams have supported a 10 percent override every five years to supplement the Maintenance and Operating budget that goes toward teacher salaries and student programs at WUSD.

To adopt a general maintenance and operation budget which exceeds the revenue control limit specified by statute by 10 percent for fiscal years 2022-2023 through 2028-2029 and in fiscal years 2027-2028 and 2028- 2029, the amount of the proposed increase will be 6.66 percent and 3.33 percent, respectively, of the district’s revenue control limit in each of such years.

The estimated tax rate to fund the continued override in fiscal year 2022-2023 is $0.41 per one hundred dollars of net assessed valuation used for secondary property tax purposes.

Arguments for and against sought

The Coconino County Superintendent of Schools will prepare an informational pamphlet for the election. The pamphlet will be mailed to households in which qualified electors reside within the school district.

Arguments “for” and “against” this special budget override are being requested by the County Superintendent of Schools Office for inclusion in the informational report.

The County School Superintendent shall review all factual statements contained in the written arguments and correct any inaccurate statements of fact. The County School Superintendent shall not review and correct any portion of the written arguments which are identified as statements of the author’s opinion.

Arguments are to be 200 words or less and be typed or printed and signed by the author. The arguments shall include the name of the district, author’s name, the name of any entity submitting an argument, address, telephone number, and the author’s signature. The entity and author’s name will be printed in the informational pamphlet. All submitted comments must include these criteria.

Arguments must be received by 5 p.m., Aug. 9, in the Coconino County Superintendent of Schools office, Ponderosa High School, 2384 N Steves Blvd., Flagstaff, AZ 86004. Faxes will be accepted at (928) 526-1469; however, the original must be mailed to Coconino County Superintendent of Schools by the stated deadline.

More information regarding the statements is available at (928) 679-8070. For more information concerning the election, contact Williams Unified School District at 636 S. 7th St. Williams, AZ 86046 or call (928) 635-4473.

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