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Deer Valley School Board To Consider Property Tax To Fund 2015 Override

The Deer Valley Unified School District's governing board will soon vote on a budget that includes a 6.1 percent property tax increase.

This comes after voters signed off on an override in 2015 by slim margin. If the budget passes, individual property taxes in the north Valley district will go up about $108 a year. The tax will pay for the override, and debt on previous bond sales.

Like cash from Proposition 123, most of the override money has been earmarked for employee pay raises. But Proposition 123 money alone was not enough to give a raise to all district employees, said Jim Migliorino, deputy superintendent of fiscal and business services.

“Our administrative staff — so that includes school principals — they didn’t receive a salary increase as a result of Prop. 123,” Migliorino said.
   
It had been eight years since Deer Valley last gave “substantial” salary increases, Migliorino said. The override will also fund full-day kindergarten, language immersion, gifted learner and other programs.

Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.