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Kyrene Elementary School District No. 28

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

What is the upcoming election about?

The Kyrene Elementary School District is asking to sell $161 Million dollars in bonds in addition to a 7 year, 10% District Additional Assistance Override of $8,500,000

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 Kyrene Elementary School District will receive a ballot by mail with voting instructions in the envelope.

What policies did Kyrene Elementary School District implement with my tax dollars?

- Kyrene School Board publicly opposes preventing boys from using girls restrooms, locker rooms and play in sports. [This is a K-8 Grade School District] - SOURCE 

- The K-8 School District is being sued by the State of Arizona for allowing a boy to play in girls sports. The courts have put a stop to the case, but the state could push further up the court system. - SOURCE 

- Has an entire policy dedicated to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion [DEI]. - 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 

- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion teaches students and people that white people are oppressors. - SOURCE 

- History of not Responding to Discrimination Complaints in Timely Manner - SOURCE - SOURCE

Aren’t Kyrene Elementary School District schools doing a good job?

- 53% of students are proficient or highly proficient at English Language Arts 

- 44% of students are proficient or highly proficient at Math

Aren’t Kyrene Elementary School District Teachers underpaid?

Kyrene Elementary pays an average annual salary of $58,592 to teachers. 

The average annual salary in Guadelupe is $62,000; Chandler - $60,000; Tempe - $58,000

What are taxpayers in the Kyrene Elementary School District being asked?

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

- The sale of $161 million in new bonds 

- A $8.5 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 $0.27 per $100 of net assessed valuation 

- The estimated first year tax rate for the proposed District Additional Assistance Budget Override is $0.32 per $100 of net 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 Kyrene Elementary School District underfunded?

Kyrene Elementary spends $12,576 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 Kyrene Elementary School District?

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

- Drop Out Rate Skyrocketed by over 38 Times from 0.06% to 2.29% 

- Drop in Enrollment of 2,016 Students [Nearly 12% Drop] 

- 14% Drop in Math Proficiency 

- 7% Drop in English Proficiency 

- Total Students with Chronic Absenteeism Decreased from 3,973 to 2,525 

- Reported Instances of Violence Skyrocketed from 237 to 685 [Nearly 4 Instances per Day Based on a 180 Day Arizonan School Year] 

- Total Students Reported as Harassed or Bullied Remained at 0

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?

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

- The $161 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 Kyrene Elementary School District intend to use the additional funds for?


- Maintain Schools 

- Structural repairs 

- Critical maintenance projects 

- Cooling systems 

- Playgrounds 

- Felds 

- Classroom furniture 

- Safety & Security 

- Upgraded security cameras 

- Building access improvements and perimeter fencing 

- Transportation 

- Supports ongoing replacement of bus fleet to ensure the safe transportation of students Override 

- Future Ready Schools 

- Technology for classroom instruction 

- Alternative learning options and innovative programs 

- Safety & Security 

- 2-way radios 

- Safety management software and visitor systems 

- Technology & Equipment 

- Instructional and operational software systems and licenses and district-wide network infrastructure

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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