Public forums Sept. 27 and Sept. 29 are intended to share details about a $43 million bond issue question placed before voters in the Marana Unified School District on the Nov. 2 ballot.

The forums are Monday, Sept. 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Mountain View High School's auditorium, 3901 W. Linda Vista; and again Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Twin Peaks Elementary School cafeteria, 7995 W. Twin Peaks Rd.

Dr. Doug Wilson, Marana Unified School District superintendent, is presenting information and answering questions.

Over the past several years, Arizona has frozen "building renewal" funds and reduced funding for "soft capital," equating to an $8.1 million reduction in MUSD's budget, a release said.

The school board has called for the bond election "to provide funding for critical capital projects," it continued.

If approved by voters, the bond would provide:

• $16.1 million for athletic and school facilities;

• $12.3 million for student transportation;

• $11.1 million for school security and technology systems;

• $3.5 million for land.

MUSD is projecting it would use debt service funds for the first two years of bond repayment, and not raise its tax rate. Through projected growth of district assessed valuation and with the debt structure, "the tax rate is projected to decrease in subsequent years," the release said. If the district did not have debt service funds available, the projected average annual tax rate for the proposed bond is $39.44 annually per $100,000 of secondary assessed valuation.

Information is available on the district's website,

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