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Tolleson Elementary School District No. 17

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What is the upcoming election about?

The Tolleson Elementary School District is asking to sell $30 Million dollars in bonds.

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

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

- Dedicated to implementing and teaching Social Emotional Learning and Equity. - SOURCE 

- CASEL, a leading organization for implementing SEL in schools, displays on their website a poster to illustrate what Social Emotional Learning is. “Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a process through which children and adults develop the fundamental skills for life effectiveness. We need SEL skills for ourselves, our relationships, and our work. In OUSD, we believe that strengthening these skills enhances our ability to effectively and ethically connect across race, class, culture, language, gender identity, sexual orientation, learning needs, and age.” - SOURCE 

- SEL uses emotional responses to generate student attention to drive learning. - 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

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

- 26% of students are proficient at English Language Arts 

- 18% of students are proficient at Math

Aren’t Tolleson Elementary School District Teachers underpaid?

Tolleson Elementary pays an average annual salary of $51,708 to teachers. 

The average annual salary in Tolleson is $56,000.

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

Voters will be asked to say yes or no on one measure: 

- The sale of $30 million in new bonds

What are the current tax rates for the bond?

- The estimated average annual tax rate for the new bond program is $0.57 per $100 of taxable assessed property value 

- 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 Tolleson Elementary School District underfunded?

Tolleson Elementary spends $12,828 per student per year.

If the bond fails, how will my taxes be affected?

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 Tolleson Elementary School District?

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

- Drop in Enrollment of Over 10% 

- Drop Out Rate Skyrocketed more than 7.5 Times from 0.35% to 2.68% - 8% Drop in Math Proficiency 

- 5% Drop in English Proficiency 

- Total Students with Chronic Absenteeism More than Doubled from 776 to 1,303 [Nearly 50% of Enrolled Students] 

- Reported Instances of Violence Increased from 204 to 291 [More frequent than 1.5 Instances Every Day Based on a 180 Day Arizonan School Year] 

- Total Students Reported as Harassed or Bullied Skyrocketed more than 3.5 Times from 23 to 81 [Almost an Instance Every Other Day Based on a 180 Day Arizonan School Year]

School officials claim 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 measure passes, the current Secondary tax rates will remain the same; however; 

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

What is a bond election?

It is a vote by the public to allow the School District to issue more debt for projects. The $100 million in bonds is NOT a continuation and is a separate item on the property tax statement.

What does Tolleson Elementary School District intend to use the additional funds for?

- Renovations and improvements to existing school facilities (including kitchens, cafeterias, classrooms, and exterior weatherproofing). 

- Improving school grounds (including playgrounds, playfields, and drainage). 

- Replacement of pupil transportation and fleet vehicles. 

- Improving the safety, security, and equipment in school buildings such as: 

- Replacement of aging or non-serviceable air-conditioning and heating units 

- Upgrading of fire alarm and security systems 

- Security window treatment and protective glass (bulletproof) 

- Roof replacements 

- Replacement of worn flooring 

- Replacement of furniture and equipment 

- Upgrade classroom technology equipment

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

- If the bond measure is 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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