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In unofficial tally, Amphi overrides defeated

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Posted: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 12:00 am

By narrow margins, Amphitheater School District’s two budget override propositions appear to have been defeated in Tuesday's election.

Proposition 403 would have continued the current maintenance and operations budget override of about $7.5 million each school year. Proposition 404 would have added a capital budget override of about $2 million each school year.

Proposition 403 was defeated by 194 votes, with 8,801 (50.56 percent) against, 8,607 (49.44 percent) in favor.

Proposition 404 was defeated by 543 votes, with 8,997 (51.56 percent) against, 8,454 (48.44 percent) in favor.

Out of 71,029 registered voters, 25 percent voted. One of the school district’s 32 precincts had not been counted as of Tuesday morning.

If the results hold, the school district would have to phase out the current budget override by cutting expenses of about $2.7 million out of the budget annually over the course of three years, until the current, voter-approved override expires.

In 2005, voters passed a maintenance and operations budget override, allotting the district $7.5 million more than state was already providing. At that time, the proposition passed by a 2-1 margin, 66.03 percent to 33.97 percent. Turnout in 2005 represented 8.3 percent of registered voters.

The maintenance and operations budget override has allowed Amphitheater to maintain lower class sizes in core subjects, to offer expanded elementary school art, music and physical education classes, to provide academic assistance programs, and to augment teacher compensation, among other uses.

The capital budget override was going to help the district upgrade its computer labs and network equipment. It would also have been used to replace computer workstations, furniture, fixtures and equipment.

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