Physical Plant and Equipment Levy Vote
As stated in prior editions of the district E-Newsletter, Carroll Community School District is holding a special election for a Voter-Approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) on February 7, 2017. The election is asking voters to approve a property tax increase of .67/1000 on taxable valuation for the purpose of reconstructing the Carroll Atheltic Field (Stadium). The italic and bold type that follows is the official ballot language:
"Shall the Board of Directors of the Carroll Community School District in the County of Carroll, State of Iowa, be authorized for a period of ten (10) years, to levy annually, as determined by the Board, a voter-approved physical plant and equipment property tax not to exceed sixty-seven cents ($0.67) per one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property within the school district commencing with the levy for collection in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, to be used for reconstruction of the Carroll Athletic Field (Stadium) and other purposes permitted by Iowa law."
In addition to funds from the voted PPEL (if approved) the district will also use money generated from the statewide one-cent sales tax for school infrastructure. CCSD plans to save $750,000 over a three-year period from sales tax revenue. The district will also borrow $1,000,000 to be paid back over time from sales tax revenue. It is important to understand that NONE of the money used for this project will come from dollars that are generated for the purpose of educating the students - the General Fund! In fact, money used for this project CANNOT (by Iowa Code) be used to purchase textbooks, school supplies, or pay salaries and benefits to employees.
If everything with this project happens, people will most likely wonder why CCSD has money to build a stadium, while at the same time it is cutting expenditures in the General Fund. Again, the money comes from different places and MUST be used as outlined in the law.
Let Your Voice Be Heard
The Iowa Legislature has been and will continue to discuss topics that may have a tremendous impact on the education of Iowa kids. I strongly encourage all of you to stay VERY attuned to what is happening at the Capitol this year, especially, as it relates to education. Many important decisions could be made this session that could have a detrimental impact on education for a long time. I urge you to advocate for your child and all children who attend Iowa public schools. You can contact area legislators by emailing or calling them to share your views. Their contact information is as follows:
- Senator Mark Segebart - email@example.com
- Capitol: 515.281.5307; Home:712.269.4519
- Rep. Brian Best - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Capitol: 515.281.3221; Home: 712.830.1844
The Carroll Chamber of Commerce also hosts Legislative Forums on an every other weekend basis. The forums begin at 10:00 am and last one hour. Here are the dates of the upcoming forums where you can ask the lawmakers questions.
- February 11 - Glidden American Legion Post #386 – 106 Idaho St, Glidden
- February 25 – Swan Lake Conservation – Education Center
- March 11 – Manning Regional – Healthcare Center – 1550 6th St, Manning
- March 25 – DMACC – 906 North Grant Road, Carroll
- April 8 – Carroll Dental Associates – 1406 N Hwy 71, Carroll
- April 22 – Carroll High School – 2 809 North Grant Road
Winter Weather Is Here - For a Bit Longer!
- Local Radio Stations - KCIM - 1380 AM, KKRL - 93.7 FM, KIKK - 106.7 FM
Tom Reiter, CCSD transportation director, and I hit the roads between 4:30 am and 5:15 am depending on the weather conditions. CCSD often contacts city and county officials regarding road conditions, as well as, road conditions in surrounding districts. The district tries to have a decision made by 6:00 am, but all of that depends on current weather conditions. In some instances, the district may run two - hours late in order to "buy time" to determine if weather conditions are going to improve or worsen.