Prop 482: M & O Budget Override Re-authorization

  • Prop 482

    Does not create a new tax.
    Maintains the funding approved by voters in 2007, 2011, and 2016.
    Maintains class size, counseling, full-day kindergarten, athletics, fine arts, and more.



    Pima County School Superintendent Dustin J. Williams hereby makes a public notice of the opportunity to submit supporting or opposing arguments that may be included in the Marana Unified School District Information Pamphlet for the Special Election on November 3, 2020. The Information Pamphlet will be mailed to households of registered voters in the District. The District is requesting voter approval for a 10% Maintenance & Operations Override. Learn more about Public Notice and how to submit. 

  • Nov 3, 2020 Prop 482 Your Vote Counts

    About Prop. 482


    Information provided on this web page and in the Pima County School Superintendent Voter Information Pamphlet (To Be Released in August) is designed to help you make an informed decision regarding Prop. 482: Maintenance and Operations Budget Override Re-authorization. Please review information carefully and exercise your right to vote on Election Day - November 3, 2020.


    The Governing Board of the District has called a special budget override election on November 3, 2020, seeking voter authorization to continue the current 10% Maintenance and Operation budget override previously approved by voters.


    The proposed override is a continuation of the existing 10% override previously approved by the voters in November 2016, scheduled to phase down by one-third for each of the next three years. 


    Continuing the budget override is not a request for new funding or programs. The budget override shall be funded from a levy of taxes on the taxable property within the District and be in effect for a period of seven years. 


    The budget override will not create a new tax. Upon reauthorization, the estimated associated tax rate will remain approximately equal to the existing tax rate. 


    The estimated cost to an owner of a home with a limited property value of $186,430 (the average value of a home in the District) would be approximately $157 per year.


    If the voters do not approve the override, the District will experience an approximate $8,000,000 reduction to the budget resulting in unavoidable increases in class size and the elimination or reduction in the level of classroom and support services it currently provides students in the following areas:

    • School aides
    • Counseling
    • Full day kindergarten
    • Athletics
    • Physical education 
    • Fine Arts 
    • Extra-curricular Activities
    • Remedial, Elective Courses, and Advanced classes     

Q & A

  • What is a M&O Budget Override?

  • What is a M&O budget override used for?

  • How long do override funds last?

  • Why does a school district ask for voter approval to increase its operating budget?

  • What will happen if the M&O Budget Override is not reauthorized?

  • Have voters in Marana Unified School District passed Budget Overrides in the past?

  • What is the difference between a Budge Override and a Bond election?

  • Where does the funding for budget overrides come from?

  • Will the override cause the tax levy on property located within the District to increase?

  • Will property taxes decrease if the override is not re-authorized?

  • When will the election be held?

  • How can I vote in this election?

  • Where do I vote?

  • If you need additional information not provided on this web site or in the voter pamphlet, contact:
    Dan Contorno, Chief Financial Officer

    11290 W. Grier Rd., Suite 115A

    Marana, AZ  85653 

    Phone: 520-682-4756

    Mr. Contorno - email


    Although the Marana School District Governing Board has called for the override election to be held in November, the Board, the District, and its employees - in their official capacities - cannot make any recommendation on how to vote on the proposition.