As a mayor in the northwest Valley and former chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council, I’m a strong advocate for regional cooperation — particularly when it comes to attracting jobs, improving infrastructure and maintaining our quality of life. There is no doubt that education plays an important part in our ability to grow and thrive as a region.
I believe that adequately funded and well-operated schools are critically important to grow our future workforce and attract high wage employers. Dysart is one of the top school districts in the state and has the highest graduation rate in the West Valley. I support continuing the Dysart override to ensure this quality education continues.
At the same time, I believe in keeping taxes as low as possible. Most of us are on fixed income and every little bit helps. The good news is that the override is not a tax increase — it is a continuation of local funding that has been in place for the past 14 years.
It helps keep class sizes small and ensures the excellent programs that businesses are looking for when they locate in our community. Vote “yes” for Dysart.
Editor’s Note: Mr. LeVault is the mayor of Youngtown.