Apache Junction, Gold Canyon voters on Nov. 4 to decide fate of 15% AJUSD school-district override

Voters who live in Apache Junction and Gold Canyon had several local items to vote on at the Nov. 4 election.

They include a proposed 15 percent budget override for the Apache Junction Unified School District that would raise approximately $3.2 million each year.

Unofficial final results (19 of 19 precincts reporting) show the AJUSD override failing, 3,883 voting “yes” and 5,370 voting “no.”

View an AJUSD school district video statement by Superintendent Chad Wilson that was posted to the district’s website here.

For the latest vote tallies, go to the Pinal County elections website.

The override would allow the district to prevent large class sizes, improve school safety and offer competitive salaries to teachers, Superintendent Chad Wilson said in a Sept. 18 phone interview.

The district governing board voted in June to put the override on the ballot, Mr. Wilson said.

The district’s first override passed in 1999 and was renewed in 2003. Further votes failed in May 2007 and November 2007, 2009 and 2010.

Other local items include:

Constable (Apache Junction No. 7) : Unofficial final results (25 of 25 precincts reporting) show John Acton winning with 8,865 votes and Victor Rodas with 6,390.

The Apache Junction Independent is mailed each month to 35,000 homes.

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