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2022 Aggregate Expenditure Limit

2022 Aggregate Expenditure Limit

The future of education in Pima County is severely at risk due to an upcoming decision regarding the Aggregate Expenditure Limit. 

The Aggregate Expenditure Limit (passed and added to the Arizona constitution in 1980) sets a spending limitation for public schools based off of the total spending from all Arizona school districts (not including charter schools). The limit is adjusted each year based on the student population and cost of living. 

If this limit is exceeded and nothing is done to allow schools to exceed the limit, schools will have to cut their budgets to meet it instead. Expenditures above the limit have the possibility of being allowed, but only if the Legislature – by a two-thirds majority of both chambers – passes a concurrent resolution that allows districts to exceed the limit. This has to happen by March 1st for schools to keep their funding. However, if there is no override from the Legislature, schools will be forced to cut their budgets by April 1st.

If districts are not allowed to exceed the limit, it is estimated that there will be over $1 billion in school district budget cuts. Something has to be done to protect both our schools’ funding and our children’s education.

We need people from the Pima County community to contact our Legislature and tell them not to cut our districts’ funding and to cancel the Aggregate Expenditure Limit completely.

Contact AZ Governor

Contact Governor Doug Ducey ( to tell him how unacceptable this is; the Senate and House need to hear these bills immediately without the use of our children’s futures as a bargaining chip for the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program.

Contact AZ House of Representatives

Members of the House of Representatives to contact are Michelle Udall, the chair of the House Education Committee (email at or call (602) 926-4856), and Rusty Bowers, the chair of the House of Representatives (email at or call 602-926-3128).

Ask them to bring forward HB2335 and HB 2012, both of which would cancel this year’s AEL and all AELs in the future.

Contact AZ State Senate

Contact senators Paul Boyer (email at or call (602) 926-4173) and Karen Fann (email at or call 602-926-5874).

Ask them to bring forward SB 1221, SCR 1022, and SCR1023. These will also cancel this year’s AEL and all AELs in the future.

More information on this issue can be found through Arizona Education Association, Save Our Schools (SOS), as well as the Pima County Superintendent of Schools.

Notes from the Chair | Vote YES on Prop 208

Notes from the Chair | Vote YES on Prop 208

PCDP and Arizona Democratic Party STRONGLY support Proposition 208 –Invest in Ed. We urge you to do the same.

The Arizona legislature has HISTORICALLY underfunded education, resulting in crisis-level teacher shortages. When the legislature fails to act, initiatives are our only recourse. (Over 400,000) NEARLY HALF A MILLION Arizonans signed petitions to get this initiative on the ballot.


  • Average class sizes in AZ are at record highs.
  • Our counselor to student ratio is the worst in the country.
  • AZ’s per-pupil funding is one of the lowest in the nation and remains lower than it was before the 2008 recession. AZ spends $800 million less on education than it did a decade ago.
  • There were more than 1,800 unfilled teaching positions at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Teaching in AZ is simply not a career many people can afford.

Prop 208, if passed, is expected to raise $827 million in revenue in the first full year of implementation.

It will impose a 3.5% income tax surcharge on taxable individual income over:

  1. $250,000 for a single person or a married person filing separately.
  2. $500,000 for a married couple or a single person who is head of a household.

If you and your spouse earn between $1 and $500,000 in combined (personal) TAXABLE income, you will pay no extra taxes. If you and your spouse earn $501,000 in combined (personal) TAXABLE income, your additional tax burden will be $35 (3.5% of $1,000).

(Note: taxable income is not gross or adjusted gross income.  It’s what you are taxed on in AZ after all exemptions and deductions and is often 2/3 or 1/2 of gross, especially if you’re wealthy with lots of write offs.)

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