2024 M&O Override Continuation FAQs

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    An M&O (Maintenance & Operations) Override allows for continued additional funding that keeps

    numerous district programs funded, including visual and performing arts, as well as athletics.

    What is an override? 

    The continuation of the DVUSD M&O override is a voter authorization to exceed the amount of the budget otherwise allowed by the State of Arizona. This additional amount provides local support of instructional programs deemed important by the community. 

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    What does an override fund?

    The M&O override would continue to fund and provide additional resources for:

    What happens if the override does not get renewed?

    If the override is not reauthorized, the District would not be able to maintain the current level of programs and services and would have to make reductions when the M&O Override is phased out beginning December 31, 2024. The district would have to reduce investments in district and school programs by an estimated $11 million in each of the next three years (for a total of approximately $33 million) of the phasedown.

    This means the possible end of student and family programs such as free full-day kindergarten, cuts to athletics and arts programs, and the inability to attract and retain highly-qualified employees.

    Kinder Kids

    Free full-day kindergarten in DVUSD is funded through the 2019 M&O Override approval.

    What impact does the override have on my taxes?

    The total cost of the override for homeowners is less than $21.27 per month on the average assessed home value.


    This M & O Override, as has been the case since the override was first approved by voters in 1991, is designed to not increase the tax burden of any resident living within the DVUSD boundaries.

    Why is Deer Valley Unified School District seeking this authorization?

    DVUSD is required to get voter approval to continue to receive M&O Override funding. M&O Override funding is only fully funded for five years, so the M&O Override appears on the ballot at least every five years.

    How is DVUSD spending money today?

    DVUSD currently allots 72.4% of its budget to in-classroom spending. See the full details in the Arizona Auditor General's report for fiscal year 2023.

How Big Will the North Phoenix Population Boom Be?

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    Just drive down any road within the DVUSD boundaries, then drive down that same road again a few weeks later, and you can see for yourself the incredible growth in the area! Our area will continue to grow, especially after the recent announcement of funding for a third TSMC microchip plant off 43rd Avenue and the 303. TSMC's first chip plant is expected to open in 2025, the second in 2028, and the third by 2030.

    Phoenix has always been a popular destination for new arrivals, but how big will the population boom in our area be over the next several years?

    A study commissioned for DVUSD in 2022 by Applied Economics, LLC, shows our neighborhood will likely be very different by 2032:

    • Multifamily development has accounted for nearly 40 percent of total permitting since 2012, with nearly 75 percent of that since 2017. Low density permits have been consistently strong and are increasing.

    • Potential housing supply additions in the District are estimated at over 66,000 units. The amount of activity forecast in the 2-to-5-year period and beyond indicates a substantial escalation in expected production.

    • Elementary attendance area enrollment during the first five-year period (2022-27) is forecast to increase by four percent, or 700 students, including the addition of 200 out-of-District students. The largest enrollment increases are expected in the Union Park (560 students), Sonoran Foothills (340 students) and Esperanza (300 students) attendance areas; five additional attendance areas are expected to increase enrollment by more than 12 percent in the next five years (2022-2027).

    • More dramatic enrollment changes, both gains and losses, in the high school attendance areas are expected over the next 10 years. Significant growth in the Barry Goldwater attendance area is anticipated throughout the projection period, resulting in the addition of nearly 1,500 students (a 62 percent increase) by 2031/32; in addition, more than 200 out-of-District students are expected to be added over the next 10 years.

    • Depending on market conditions, total enrollment for DVUSD is forecast to reach anywhere from 35,500 students to 38,000 students by the 2031-32 school year.

    • Employment projections released in May 2021 by the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity show nearly 550,000 jobs to be added in the state between 2019 and 2029. This represents annualized employment growth of 1.6 percent, outpacing the nation. Maricopa County is forecast to do even better at 1.9 and 1.7 percent growth.

    • Employment growth in the metro region will not be limited to a single sector or geographic area. Education and health services are to grow the fastest, but manufacturing may have the greatest impact. In north Phoenix, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is working toward a 2025 opening of its’ first phase semiconductor fabrication plant in the U.S. with about 2,000 employees. TSMC is also bringing a significant number of Taiwanese suppliers to Arizona, some of which will locate in north Phoenix and others that will locate elsewhere in the metro region.

    You can read the entire report here.

2024 M&O Election - Call of Election

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