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Court tosses AZ law over unused school bond money

A judge says legislation passed last year that would allow Arizona school districts to spend unused bond money is unconstitutional because it would benefit few districts.

The Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit in April against the Cave Creek Unified School District, which has $13 million leftover from a bond approved in 2000.

Maricopa Superior Court Judge Eileen Willett says the law “essentially abrogates the voters’ rights existing at the time of their bond vote, and by so doing, strikes a blow to the election process and violates both the Arizona and Federal Constitution.”

Cave Creek’s $13 million was leftover from a $41 million bond approved by voters in 2000 for a new high school and several other projects.

The Arizona Republic says voters later rejected the new high school.

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