This year, Maricopa County voters approved every bond and override proposed by the county’s school districts. As a result, hundreds of millions dollars in property taxes will be used to pay for various projects, from new buildings or buses, in the case of the bonds, to increased teacher salaries and textbooks, in the case of overrides. Putting the funding on the ballot lets communities decide whether to exceed the state’s funding.
When the new funds go toward large capital projects, districts have to decide who will do the work of designing, then building – or refurbishing – school facilities.
State procurement laws dictate how school districts choose the companies that will do that work, and are designed to ensure government contracts are awarded based on an honest evaluation of the applicants, not cronyism.