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Updated May 29, 2013 - 4:27 pm

Arizona court won’t review unused bond money ruling

PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court won’t be reviewing a ruling that
overturned the state law allowing school districts to spend unused bond money
without asking voters.

Cave Creek Unified School District’s superintendent asked the high court to
overturn the Arizona Court of Appeals’ ruling issued in February.

The Arizona Supreme Court decided Wednesday against reviewing the ruling.

It will hear an appeal of a case that found the state Legislature must give
schools an annual funding increase even in lean years to account for inflation.

The Goldwater Institute conservative watchdog group sued the Cave Creek
district to stop its planned use of $13 million left over from a $41 million
bond approved in 2000.

A 2010 law allowed school districts to spend excess bond money for purposes not
authorized by voters.

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