Tucson Voters Reject Funding Schools Through Overrides And Bonds

Published: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 10:05am
Updated: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 10:27am

Tucson voters failed to pass bond and override measures in three of four districts asking for help this election.

The state's second largest school district, Tucson Unified, watched its $180 million bond request go down with 59 percent of voters against it to 41 percent voting in favor.

Two smaller districts lost their bids for measures. At Sunnyside Unified School District, 64 percent of voters rejected a request for a $9.5 million override. Much like voters rejected a $2 million bond proposal for Marana Unified School District.

The lone winner among the districts asking for help was Flowing Wells Unified School District, where 61 percent of the voters approved a $24 million bond slated to help repair and renovate 50 year old school buildings, buy and repair buses and fix air conditioners.

According to the Arizona Daily Star, city council members see the lack of support for the three other districts as a sign voters want to stop relying on bonds and overrides and force lawmakers to appropriately fund education in the state budget.

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