A St. David School District Budget Override
ballot question was on the November 5, 2013, election ballot
for voters in the St. David School District in Cochise County
, which is in Arizona
. It was approved
The St. David School District budget override was originally approved in 2004 and renewed in 2008 but was set to expire in 2014-2015. The budget increase allowed by the approved budget override extension is $238,508 while the current Maintenance and Operation Budget for the district is $2,710,707. The tax cost will amount to $72 per $100,000 of assessed valuation per year. The following services will be funded by the approval of this measure:
- Maintain current employee salaries to be competitive with other districts in the county
- Maintain reasonable student/teacher class sizes
- Continue after school tutoring programs for elementary school students
- Continue school remedial programs for students K-12
- Continue to make the weight room available to community members after school and during the summer months.
| St. David School District Budget Override Question|
| Yes|| 449|| 55.36%|
- These final, official results are from the Cochise County elections office.
St. David School Superintendent Mark Goodman said, “Our community approved the budget override in 2004 in an effort to retain our highly qualified staff by addressing the inadequate salaries and making them more competitive with those within our county. We also wanted to maintain small class sizes and the programs we consider important as a community. Since 2008 we have seen a decrease in state per student funding, dropping from $4,920 to $3,958 in 2013. This is approximately a 20-percent decrease. Schools continue to face ever-shrinking budgets with increasing accountability and responsibilities. If the voters pass this override, it will help maintain our current educational programs and highly qualified staff in St. David. The proposed budget override is not a tax increase rather it maintains our current level."