Tucson Metro Chamber Supports Proposition 496 to Invest in Public Schools

Tucson, AZ- October 4, 2023- The Tucson Metro Chamber Board of Directors unanimously voted to support Proposition 496, a $480 million bond measure to fund capital improvements, security, technology, and more for Tucson Unified School District (TUSD).

“Investing in our public schools is an investment in our future,” said Michael Guymon, President and CEO of the Tucson Metro Chamber. “Proposition 496 would provide TUSD with the resources it needs to upgrade its facilities, improve security, and invest in technology, all of which would benefit TUSD students and the Tucson community as a whole, including businesses and the overall economy.”

TUSD is the second-largest school district in Arizona, serving over 50,000 students. Many of these students come from families who need additional support. Proposition 496 would help TUSD to provide all of its students with the resources they need to succeed.

A skilled and educated workforce is essential to a thriving economy. Businesses need employees who have the skills and knowledge to be productive and successful. By investing in education, Proposition 496 would help to create a more skilled and educated workforce in Tucson. This would benefit businesses by giving them a larger pool of qualified candidates to choose from, and it would also help to boost the overall economy by increasing productivity and innovation.

In addition to the benefits listed above, Proposition 496 would also help to promote equity and access for all TUSD students. By providing TUSD with the resources it needs to upgrade its facilities, improve security, and invest in technology, Proposition 496 would help to ensure that all students have a safe and supportive learning environment. By supporting Proposition 496, we can help to create a more equitable and accessible education system for all TUSD students.

Here are some specific examples of how Proposition 496 would benefit businesses and the overall economy:

  • Increased productivity and innovation: A well-educated workforce is more productive and innovative. This can help businesses to compete in the global marketplace and create more high-paying jobs.
  • Reduced crime rates and social service costs: People with higher levels of education are less likely to commit crimes or rely on social services. This can save taxpayers money and make our community safer.
  • Increased tax revenue: Businesses that are successful and growing generate more tax revenue, which can be used to invest in public services such as education and infrastructure.
  • Attracting and retaining top talent: Businesses that are located in communities with strong public schools are more likely to attract and retain top talent. This can give businesses a competitive advantage and help them to grow and succeed.

The Tucson Metro Chamber urges all eligible community members in Tucson to vote in favor of Proposition 496 on November 7. Investing in our public schools is an investment in our future.

Go to https://bond2023.tusd1.org/ for more information on what the bond is intended to fund.