Bonds & Overrides
In November 2015, the Peoria Unified community voted for a 13 percent maintenance and operations budget override. The maintenance and operations override allows the district to increase its budget by 13 percent of the state formula, which is called the Revenue Control Limit. While the Governing Board could have called for up to a 15 percent maintenance and operations override, they opted to proceed with the recommendation by the Citizens’ Bond and Override Advisory Committee for a 13 percent override instead.
The $17.8 million override continues to fund such areas as assistant principals, existing class sizes, school nurses, physical education, arts education, reading programs, instructional coaches and the gifted education program. The additional three percent is being used to attract and retain qualified teachers and staff, and to implement free, full-day kindergarten at the district’s 34 elementary schools.