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Gilbert Unified School District No. 41

Voting without knowing what's on your ballot is like lighting your money on fire.

What is the upcoming election about?

The Gilbert Unified School District is asking to sell $100 Million dollars in bonds in addition to a 5 year, 15% budget override of $35,000,000

What are the significant dates for the election?

- If you aren't already registered to vote, the last day to register in order to be eligible to vote in this election is Tuesday, October 10th, 2023.

- Ballots will be mailed on October 11, 2023. The last day to request early ballot October 27 

- VOTED BALLOTS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 7 p.m., November 7th. MAIL ballots by October 31st.

Who can vote in this election?

All registered voters that reside in the Gilbert Unified School District will receive a ballot by mail with voting instructions in the envelope.

What policies did Gilbert Unified School District implement with my tax dollars?

- Allows Boys to be in Girl Scouts, Girls to be in Boy Scouts, and other designated youth groups. - SOURCE 

- Allows Boys to use Girls Restrooms. - SOURCE 

- Has at least 10 teachers who have signed a pledge to teach Critical Race Theory (CRT) and all other social justice-oriented curriculum to children, regardless of the law or the wishes of parents. - SOURCE 

- Critical Race Theory teaches that systemic racism is part of American society - from education and housing to employment and healthcare. - SOURCE 

- Dedicated to Social Justice & Equity. - SOURCE 

- Equity teaches people and children that there is systemic racism, they are entitled to reparations and more because of the color of their skin. - SOURCE 

- Justice in this scenario stands for Defunding the Police. - SOURCE

Aren’t Gilbert Unified School District schools doing a good job?

- 89.47% Graduation Rate 

- 57% of students are proficient or highly proficient at English Language Arts 

- 51% of students are proficient or highly proficient at Math

Aren’t Gilbert Unified School District Teachers underpaid?

Gilbert Unified pays an average annual salary of $57,973 to teachers. The average annual salary in Gilbert is $62,000.

What are taxpayers in the Gilbert Unified School District being asked?

Voters will be asked to say yes or no on two measures: 

- The sale of $100 million in new bonds 

- A $35 million Budget Override

What are the current tax rates for the bond and override?

- The estimated average annual tax rate for the proposed Bond authorization is $0.3044 per $100 of net assessed valuation 

- The estimated Override continuation is tax rate of $1.32 per $100 of assessed valuation 

- Shows up on your tax bill as secondary property tax. 

- Property taxes combined add up to thousands of dollars! 

- To view your current property tax liability, visit

Is Gilbert Unified School District underfunded?

Gilbert Unified spends $11,349 per student per year.

If the bond and override fail, how will my taxes be affected?

- Without passage of the override, the district will have to reduce the operational budget. 

- Once any outstanding Bonds and Overrides are repaid, you won't have to continue paying Secondary property taxes related to the bond. 

How has more funding impacted Gilbert Unified School District?

Comparing to the 2018-2019 School Year Performance to the 2021-2022 School Year Performance 

- Drop in Enrollment of Nearly 2% [582 Students] 

- Nearly 2% Drop in Graduation Rate 

- Drop Out Rate More than Doubled from 1.4% to 3.73% 

- 2% Drop in Math Proficiency 

- 4% Increase in English Proficiency 

- Reported Instances of Violence Increased from 397 to 480 [Nearly 3 Instances a Day Based on a 180 Day Arizonan School Year] 

- Total Students with Chronic Absenteeism Increased from 4,712 to 10,033 [Nearly a third of all enrolled students] 

- Total Students Enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement Course Slightly Increased from 2,721 to 2,726 

- Total Students Reported as Harassed or Bullied Increased from 60 to 68

School officials claim this is a just a continuation and there will be no new taxes. Is this accurate?

- Once any outstanding Bonds and Overrides are repaid, you won't have to continue paying Secondary property taxes related to the bond. 

- If the measures pass, the current Secondary tax rates will remain the same; however; 

- If the measures pass, the total amount of taxes paid will likely go higher if there is continued inflation related to property values.

What is the difference between an override continuation and a bond election?

- Gilbert Unified is legally allowed to call the override a continuation even though we will vote to approve it as if it is new. 

- The $100 million in bonds is NOT a continuation and is a separate item on the property tax statement. 

- Both items will be separate items on the ballot.

What does Gilbert Unified School District intend to use the additional funds for?

• Bond 

• Constructing school buildings 

• Renovating school buildings 

• Purchasing pupil transportation vehicles 

• Acquiring by purchase or lease school lots 

• Improving school grounds, including adjacent ways thereto 

• Supplying school buildings with furniture, equipment and technology 

• Liquidating indebtedness incurred for the purposes set forth herein 

• Providing all utilities and other capital items necessary for the construction and renovation of school buildings and for improving school grounds 

• Paying all architectural, design, engineering, project and construction management and other costs incurred in connection with the purposes set forth above 

• Paying all legal, financial and other costs in connection with issuance of the bonds Override 

- Retain & Attract Highest-Quality Teachers and Employees 

- Maintain Campus Security, Social Workers & Mental Health Counselors 

- Continue Allocation to Class Size Reduction

I’m renting. Why should I care about this election?

- If the override and bond measures are defeated, your landlord’s taxes will go down and could mitigate future rent increases. 

- Irrespective of being a property owner, we all want to see the kids receive a quality education. 

- To view your current property tax liability, visit

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