bond and override - no tax rate increase


  • 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.

2022 Proposed Override and Bond

  • On June 15, 2022, the Agua Fria High School District Governing Board voted to adopt a resolution ordering and authorizing all matters necessary for an election to continue the 15 percent maintenance and operations (M&O) budget override which would not increase tax rates. They also voted to adopt a resolution ordering and authorizing all matters necessary for a $ 209,000,000 bond election which would be structured so that it would not raise tax rates. Both initiatives will be on the November 8, 2022 ballot. Mail in ballots will be sent to voters on October 12.
    If approved, the M&O override continuation would continue to provide over $10 million dollars of crucial funding each year to fund safety and security, to support rapid growth in the District, to support class size and teacher salaries, and to support workplace development and other programs on district campuses.

    Without an M&O override in place, the district would lose funds that supports people and programs. All staff would see a compensation decrease as well as an increase in class size. Safety and security and other programs and staff would be at risk. The District would not be able to adequately meet the challenges presented by rapid growth in the southwest valley. The maintenance and operations override is funded from a levy of ad valorem taxes on all taxable property ( this is based on the limited assessed valuation shown on tax statements) within the Agua Fria High School District, (which is different from and in most cases much less than the value listed on Zillow or Redfin.)  If approved, the override will simply continue what is currently in place.

  • The Agua Fria District has been grateful for community support for more than 20 consecutive years. The authorization lasts for seven years. If the override initiative fails, the additional M&O annual funding from the override will begin to phase out in FY 2024 (The 2023-2024 school year) and will be fully eliminated over two years.

    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 $209,000,000 bond authorization would not increase. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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?

  • If an override is already in place, why is there an override on the November 8, 2022 ballot?

  • If the continuation of the override is approved, how will taxes be affected?

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

  • 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?

  • I also noticed a slight increase on the amount that I am paying for the Agua Fria and Litchfield overrides this year. Why did this happen, and what will happen to my tax bill if the overrides passes?