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www.SanTanSun.com HUNDLEY FROM PAGE 1

“I am truly honored to be a part of the Allstate Good Works team as it recognizes contributions made on the field, but also, and most importantly, those made off the field and in the community,” Hundley says in a statement. Paris suffered her first seizure at age 11. She still became a track star as a youngster before she graduated from Desert Vista High School in Ahwatukee. According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, violent seizures have left her with a separated right shoulder 130 times, while her left shoulder has been separated 70 times. The Hundley family spent her 19th and 20th birthdays at the hospital. As for her brother, he is more than an elite player who is expected to be drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. He is also an economics major who is close to fulfilling his graduation requirements, says his father, Brett Sr. Many sports fans didn’t think Hundley would stick around long enough to graduate. He likely would have been drafted in the first round in May, but Hundley elected to return to school. He’s a fourth-year junior after taking a redshirt season as a freshman. Hundley’s dad says many players in this situation “are getting several insurance policies” to guard against injury. “We have only two. We covered him (with) a $10 million insurance policy,” he says.

“The second one is a UCLA degree. You can’t put a price on that. It was so important for him to come back...to walk away and say, ‘I went there. I did it. I made sure that I did what I set my goals to be when I got there.’” The father says his son went to UCLA not just to represent Chandler, but the state of Arizona as a whole. Now Hundley is a national figure, having appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. And that makes Chandler residents proud. The elder Hundley gets congrats whenever he goes to grocery stores in Chandler. When local football stars move on to bigger things, “One of the coolest things about our community in Chandler is that (local residents) become fans of that individual. “We’re talking about a bunch who have moved on to the NFL,” Brett Sr. says. He’s talking about Hamilton and Chandler high schools. “We have a lot of individuals who have done great things academically and athletically,” he says. “Now they’re in the NFL, and they’re doing some real positive things, and they’re coming back and giving back to the community. That’s one of the most beautiful things in the world: When beyond that (local) rivalry, you can step away and say, ‘We’re just a fan of your son.’” Mike Tulumello is a copy editor with the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at mtulumello@timespublications.com.

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PROPERTY TAX FROM PAGE 1

then they finally increased again. In a way that’s a good thing, but it does mean your property tax bill sometimes goes higher.” In November 2013, Chandler voters approved a 15-percent override for the Chandler Unified School District, a 5-percent increase from the last override. “The Legislature changed the law about two years ago to allow school districts to ask for a 15-percent override, instead of 10 percent,” says Bob Rice, CUSD school board president. “We went to the voters to ask them if they wanted to Bob Rice. Submitted approve the 15 photo percent, which would get us not even back to where we were in 2008. It was placed on the ballot last November, and it passed.” Since 2008, schools have seen a reduction in the funds given to them by the Legislature. It reduced soft capital and stopped the funding of new schools— including those needed by CUSD. “The only portion of the tax rate that any school district governing board votes is the Adjacent Ways, which amounts to 29 cents on the tax rate, or $29 per $100,000 of assessed value,” says Terry Locke, CUSD director of community

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relations. Adjacent Ways covers infrastructure costs for new schools, such as sewer, utilities, sidewalks and lights. CUSD is planning a new elementary and junior high school. “Some of those taxes will be refunded through the tax rate as other development occurs around the two new schools,” Locke says. Rice clarifies, “When we open new schools, oftentimes, if they’re in an unimproved area, then the sewers have to be put in, the roads have to be improved, and that’s required by the municipality in that area. They require the first person in to pay for it.” It’s estimated that half of the $6 million initially paid for the construction will go back to taxpayers in lower tax rates. Rice says the school district held the 2013 override “because we felt over the years Chandler has always been supportive of the schools, and they have high expectations of our schools. And we felt we owed it to them to at least give them the opportunity to pass that.” He says his tax increase was about $200. Historically, Rice points out, the tax rates in Chandler have been decreasing. For more information and a comparison of 2013 and 2014 property tax bills, visit www.chandleraz.gov/ newsrelease.aspx?N_UID=2906. Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at tracy@santansun.com.

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