Tucson Unified School District Governing Board is proposing a $480 million bond to update and renovate aging schools, add security and safety systems, and provide technology to every student. The bond will be used to improve neighborhood schools by replacing deteriorated roofs and aging air conditioning units, providing security fencing and access control, renovating fine arts spaces, and modernizing science labs and career training spaces, among other things. The bond will not be used for salaries or benefits.

Tucson Unified serves over 40,000 students across 231 square miles. We route 12,500 students to the school of their choice and to after-school activities, and our fleet travels over 16,000 miles each school day.

We support 88 schools that range in age from over 100 years old to 12 years old with an average age of 55 years. In all, Tucson Unified has over 9 million square feet of buildings to maintain. Although we strive to maintain these schools to high standards to serve our students, we have faced significant cuts to State capital funds in the last 15 years and our last bond was approved by voters nearly 20 years ago. Current funding does not allow TUSD to maintain our schools at the levels they should be to support the education of our students.

Proposed Projects
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What the Bond Will Fund

The bond will fund improvements throughout Tucson Unified, with 90% of it going to projects in every neighborhood school to improve classrooms and support students. The proposed bond projects include:


Repairs and Upgrades to Existing Facilities

  • New air conditioning systems and controls
  • Replace or repair deteriorating roofs and floors
  • Update aging plumbing and restrooms
  • Repair fields, ball courts, gyms, and parking areas
  • Replace aging furnishing and equipment to support best practices in teaching
  • Modernize systems for energy efficiency

Improvements to Classrooms and Learning Spaces

  • New and updated science and project labs
  • New career and technology labs
  • Improved facilities for the fine arts
  • Replace portables where permanent capacity is needed

Health, Security, and Safety

  • Updated security and safety systems in each school (cameras, lock down systems, fire alarms, fencing, and access control)
  • Renovated, well-equipped health offices

Access to Updated Technology

  • Access for every student to computers/iPads that fit their learning level
  • Upgraded classroom technology and infrastructure to support interactive learning 

Student Transportation and Support Vehicles

  • Replace old buses and support vehicles
  • Provide fuel-efficient, air-conditioned, safe transportation for students and staff.
Non School Specific Items

How did Tucson Unified determine the amount needed for the bond?

Tucson Unified tracks the condition of every building and each major piece of equipment. This allowed each department to identify equipment that was beyond, or approaching the end of, it’s useful life. The bond program was developed by a group of staff, parents, and community members using needs identified by these departments and by principals for the needs at each neighborhood school. The bond includes projects that benefit every school in the district.


How can the community be sure Tucson Unified will use the bond as proposed?

By state law, Tucson Unified is required to allocate the bond money just as it is shown in the ballot question. So, if voters approve the bond, they can be assured that it will be spent just as they approved it to be spent. The law also requires that Tucson Unified hold a public meeting each year to report how bond proceeds have been spent. Beyond that, Tucson Unified has committed to providing an even higher level of oversight than required by law. To ensure that Tucson Unified exceeds all legal requirements and meets all promises made to the voters, the Governing Board established a committee of citizens to oversee bond expenditures. This committee will review every project to recommend specific expenditures to the Governing Board, and they will regularly report progress to the Board and the community.


How will the bond affect property tax rates? 

Property taxes are based on the net limited assessed value for taxable property in TUSD. A Tucson Unified homeowner is estimated to pay $68.78 in property taxes for every $100,000 of net limited assessed value. 


What will happen if the bond doesn’t pass?

If the bond doesn’t pass, the recommended projects will be eliminated.

* The costs provided here are estimates based on information available as of June 2023. Actual costs will be determined when each project is designed for the specific site and the district enters into a contract.