Peoria Unified committee gets to work, recommendation could be a bond and/or override

By Philip Haldiman
Independent Newsmedia

The members of the Citizens’ Bond and Override Advisory Committee have been determined and begun the work of calling for a bond and/or override targeted for this year’s general election, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.

The Peoria Unified School District Governing Board unanimously voted to reinstate the committee behind the 2018 bond, Jan. 10.

The new committee had its first meeting, Feb. 5.

The meeting was led by Chief Financial Officer Michelle Myers who spoke about open meeting laws, education finance, committee process and timelines, the differences between overrides and bonds as well as future agenda items.

Discussions at the next meetings will include looking at data, including projections of future growth and facility needs across the district, Feb. 12 and March 5. For information, call 623-486-6000.

Committee members will be able to request specific reports or pieces of information they feel are needed to help them make decisions.

If the committee eventually recommends the district go out for a bond and/or override, the committee must also recommend amounts and/or percentages to correspond with each respective recommendation.

Chief Operations Officer John Croteau said the committee is tasked with researching the district’s need for a bond and/or an override in the next election and possible subsequent elections.

Bonds and overrides are different animals, Mr. Croteau said.

“They are separate issues,” he said. “The committee will discuss whether they think they need to go out at the same time or do we hold off on the override this year and go for a bond. Or do we hold off on the bond and go for an override? So that is going to be a big part of the committee — to  understand the difference between a bond and an override, the needs we have, and should we go out together or separately. What do they think?”

In the coming months, the governing board will receive committee updates via written reports from administration following each committee meeting, in addition to the public meeting minutes that will be posted on the district’s website.

The board will receive a final report and recommendation by the May 9, 2019, regular governing board meeting.

Philip Haldiman can be reached at 623-876-3697 or phaldiman@newszap.com.



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