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MARICOPA — Maricopa Unified School District will hold a Truth in Taxation public hearing next week during their regularly scheduled board meeting to discuss their proposed Fiscal Year 2022 budget, which includes a possible primary tax increase.

At a June 23 board meeting, board members voted unanimously to approve the tentative budget, which contained funding for at least a 5% salary increase across the district, new positions and the Principal Vision budget.

The budget as a whole is proposed to increase by $8.8 million from FY21 to FY22, with the FY22 budget currently coming in at $61 million. This includes $525,000 for new school buses, $1.9 million for the new science curriculum and $308,000 in technology.

MUSD’s loan for the second high school takes up $5 million in the proposed FY22 budget. Last fiscal year, the district levied $3.6 million in Adjacent Ways funding for the new high school, and they have proposed levying an additional $5.6 million this year to pay for the external construction work.

Necessary improvements to roadways, sidewalks and utilities adjacent to school property fall under Adjacent Ways funding, and the new high school on Farrell and Murphy roads will need just over $8 million in funding for these construction costs.

“All of this Adjacent Ways funding is to complete the offsites for this high school that we’re completing a year from this time — the roads, the utilities, the sidewalks, etcetera,” said Jacob Harmon, MUSD business director.

Due to the Adjacent Ways funding increase, MUSD has proposed a primary tax rate increase from $5.2256 to $5.9440, while the secondary tax rate decreases again from last year’s $1.4037 to $1.3504. This would mean that the district’s primary property taxes on a $100,000 home would be $153.12.

The district invites interested citizens of Maricopa to attend a meeting on July 14 at 6:30 p.m. to provide feedback on the FY22 proposed budget.

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