By Linda Kor
Holbrook and Joseph City voters approved budget overrides that will allow their school districts to increase their budgets.
In the election held on Tuesday, voters in the Holbrook Unified School District passed the measure by a narrow margin, with 419 votes in favor of the budget override and 371 against it, according to unofficial results reported by the Navajo County Elections Department. A total of 790 ballots were cast, with 52.84 percent favoring a budget increase and 46.78 percent against it.
When results are made official, the district will be authorized to increase its maintenance and operations budget by $427,353. According to the election report, 6,231 voters were eligible to participate in the Holbrook election, representing a 12.7 percent turnout.
Preliminary results also show that voters in the Joseph City Unified School District approved their budget override on Nov. 5, with 180 votes in support of the override and 77 against it. A total of 257 ballots were cast, with 70.04 percent favoring a budget increase and 29.96 percent against it. This will bring an additional $360,000 to the district, allowing officials to maintain staffing and other key functions of the district.
According to the election report, 973 voters were eligible to participate in the Joseph City election, representing a 26.4 percent turnout.
In addition, the Kayenta School District budget override was approved, with 464 votes (82.71 percent) in favor of the measure and 95 votes (16.93 percent) against it. According to the election report, 7,520 voters were eligible to participate in the Kayenta election, representing a 7.5 percent turnout.
With each of these overrides, the increase will not exceed 10 percent of the revenue control limit. The funding will come from a secondary tax rate that will be in place for the next seven years.
The Show Low and Blue Ridge school districts were unable to obtain the necessary votes needed to approve their overrides. For Show Low, there were 1,064 votes in favor of the measure and 1,746 against it, and for Blue Ridge, there were 894 votes in favor of the override and 1,391 against it.
By Linda Kor