bond and override - slight tax rate increase

  • Overview

    School districts thrive based on the support of their community. The Agua Fria High School District is proud of the way we use our tax dollars, provided by both local taxpayers and those across the state, carefully in order to provide the best possible education to every student that attends our schools. In our current economic climate, state and federal dollars are not enough to meet the educational and safety needs of students. The district has made use of bond and override elections, approved by local voters, to supplement the budget and meet student needs.

    School district budgets are subject to rules and restrictions put in place by voters and the legislature. The information on these pages provides a basic understanding of how schools are financed and the additional revenue available through bond and override measures. For detailed information on how each dollar that comes into the district is used, please visit our Budget page.

    If you have any questions about the budget or bonds and overrides that are not addressed on this page, please give us a call at 623-932-7000 and we would be happy to provide additional information.

  • 2023 Proposed Bond

    On June 7th, 2023, the Agua Fria High School District Governing Board voted to adopt a resolution ordering and authorizing all matters necessary for a $197,000,000 bond election which would be structured so that it would slightly lower tax rates. This initiative will be on the November 7, 2023 ballot. This will be an ALL Mail-in election. Ballots will be sent to voters on October 11.

    If the critical needs bond is successful, the funds will be used to help fund a new comprehensive high school to support growth, priority upgrades and repairs, safety capital projects, technology, student transportation vehicles, as well as site and community-specific school needs. The tax rate associated with the district’s existing bond sales and the new $197,000,000 bond authorization would not increase.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What will happen if the critical needs bond is not approved?

  • What is a bond?

  • What is an override?

  • What are Bonds and Overrides?

  • Why are Bonds and Overrides Important?

  • So how do bonds and overrides come to be?

  • What is the difference between an override and a bond and why do they require voter approval?

  • Does The Agua Fria District currently have an override in place and what does it fund?

  • What amount is the Agua Fria High School District asking for? How will it impact taxes?

  • How can I calculate my property taxes?

  • My overall property tax bill went down this year even though my property value went up. Why did this happen?

  • I noticed that on my property tax bill that just came out this month that the amount I am paying for the Agua Fria bond went up by a few dollars. Why did this happen, and will my rate increase if the District Bond measure is successful?