YES for FUSD Override – LAST QUESTION on the Ballot

| October 15, 2014
The Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth (CCC&Y) Board of Directors has voted to publicly support the FUSD override which will MAINTAIN level funding for maintenance and operations critical to our schools in this time of diminished educational resources.  CCC&Y encourages your “yes vote” in support of our children and youth and the critical resources necessary for their health,  development, and educational success.

WHY VOTE YES?
Among other benefits, the override will:

  • Maintain special programs such as art, music, physical education, and advanced placement
  • Maintain class sizes designed to maximize student achievement
  • Maintain full day kindergarten
  • Support competitive compensation to retain and recruit high quality teachers and staff

The maintenance and operations override funds allow FUSD to continue funding programs and services valued by local citizens and the community and that ensure positive outcomes for our kids.

WILL THIS RAISE MY TAXES?
Passage would result in the continuation of an existing tax.  Therefore, most property tax payers would see NO increase in their secondary taxes as a result of the override.  This is a continuation override – NOT a new tax.

WHAT IF THE OVERRIDE DOES NOT PASS
If the override fails, the phase-out period of the existing override will begin and FUSD ‘s budget will be reduced by approximately $2.5 million for each of the next three years.  The annual $2.5 million phase-out will result in a $7.5 million loss for the district.  For perspective, $7.5 million equates to about 135 teacher positions in one school year.

YOU ARE A STAKEHOLDER
The Flagstaff community has a stake in the success of public schools. When schools are strong and students succeed, everyone benefits.

  • Good schools are good business—they attract employers, strengthen the local economy, and enhance property values.
  • Good schools ensure our students will be prepared to keep our nation competitive in a global economy.
  • Good schools keep the American Dream alive with an opportunity for every child to receive a world-class education.
  • Good schools keep the quality of life in a community high by producing citizens who pay taxes and obey the law.
  • Good schools teach students from all backgrounds how to live and participate in our democracy.

OTHER RESOURCES:
Yes for FUSD Website
FUSD Economic Impact Study – Facilitated by NAU’s Rural Policy Institute
FUSD Governing Board Goals – Budgets, Positive Results, and Challenges
FUSD Finances – Expenditure Analyses, Audit Results, and Budget Reports

 OTHER ELECTION INFORMATION:
Find out how local and state candidates feel about critical children, youth, family, and community issues by visiting the candidate questionnaire responses provided by the following agencies:
Children’s Action Alliance
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence
Coconino Coalition for Children and YouthFor information on the state-wide Vote 4 Education Campaign, visit:
Expect More Arizona

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