Arizona lawmakers have revived a school funding bill that would allow school boards and voters to increase local property taxes to pay for bond debt service.
A House committee advanced the bill in a 6-3 vote on Monday.
More than 100 school districts have outstanding bonds to pay for construction, equipment and school buses. But a third of the districts cannot raise more money because they have reached the bond limit established under state law. Meanwhile, schools have received less money from the state in recent years.
Supporters describe the proposed bond increase as a temporary salve until the state comes up with a permanent funding plan to restore school funding, while opponents say it would hurt homeowners.
The legislation was held in committee in February before returning this week.
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