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Early Voting for the Voter-Approved PPEL Has BegunEarly voting for the Carroll Community School District's Voter-Approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) has begun at the Carroll County Courthouse. The courthouse is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
CCSD Board Moves Forward with Voter-Approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL)
One December 1st the Carroll Community School District board of education voted to move forward with a voter-approved physical plant and equipment levy. Last month the District E-Newsletter included information about a voter-approved PPEL and the need to improve the Stadium facilities. Below is background information pertaining to the PPEL vote and a few Frequently Asked Questions.
FAQ on a Voter-Approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy
Voters in the Carroll Community School District will be asked to implement a Voter-Approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy in order to reconstruct the current Carroll Athletic Field (Stadium). The levy is more commonly known as a Voter-Approved PPEL (pronounced "pebble").
A Voter-Approved PPEL Levy is a levy that can be used for a number of expenditures including construction of buildings, purchasing property, school buses, technology equipment, and energy conservation projects. In the case of Carroll Community School District, the money would be used to reconstruct the current stadium. The levy cannot be used for staff salaries or supplies - those expenditures must come from a school district's General Fund.
There are two portions of the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy. There is a Board Approved PPEL, where the Board has the authority to levy .33/1000 each fiscal year when the certified budget is completed. The second kind of PPEL is a Voter-Approved PPEL. A Voter-Approved PPEL, when approved by a simple majority, allows districts to levy UP TO $1.34/1000.
Carroll Community School District has not had a Voter-Approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) since 2006. The Carroll High School addition was paid for by a .67/1000 Voter-Approved PPEL, which was put on the tax rolls in 1996 - 1997.
When is the election for the Voter-Approved PPEL?
On Tuesday, February 7, 2017, voters within the Carroll Community School District will be asked to vote on the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy. Polls will be open from noon to 8:00 p.m. on the 7th. The following precincts will vote at the polling places listed below:
PRECINCT POLLING PLACESCarroll Wards 1,2,3,4, Maple River & Arcadia Twps.
- At First United Methodist Church, Carroll
- At Lidderdale Community Building
- At Dedham City Hall
- At Halbur Community Building
- St. Bernard’s Parish Hall, Breda
How much does this levy generate and for how long?
With voter approval, Iowa school districts can levy a maximum of $1.34/1000 of taxable valuation. Carroll CSD is asking voters to pass a Voter-Approved PPEL up to a maximum of $0.67/1000. With the current property valuation in the district, $0.67/1000 will generate $629,000 annually. This money will be used to pay back money loaned to the district in order to pay for the reconstruction of the stadium. The maximum length of Voter-Approved PPEL Levy is 10 years.
Will the passage of this levy increase my taxes?
Yes, for the length the levy is in place. The district is asking to levy $0.67 per $1,000 taxable valuation.
Because of recent school district budget deficiencies, why isn’t PPEL used to offset the general fund?
PPEL dollars cannot be used for salaries, textbooks, or educational programs. The requirements to use these funds are very specific to maintenance, equipment, construction, and remodeling.
What are examples of the types of things the levy can be used for?
If approved, the Voter-Approved PPEL will be used to reconstruct the Carroll Athletic Field (Stadium). The desire of the CCSD board of education is to use the Voter-Approved PPEL only for the cost to reconstruct the stadium and costs associated with the reconstruction.
What happens if the levy does not pass?
The stadium complex will continue to deteriorate. Restrooms, locker rooms, and concession areas will continue to be inadequate.
The track will have to be replaced very soon if it is going to continue to be used. The district will have to budget other funds to construct a track, taking funds away from other infrastructure projects. The district will struggle to meet the maintenance requirements of our schools.
How does this levy impact the community/district?
A Voter-Approved PPEL would be used to renovate the current stadium that everyone in the community can be proud of. In addition, the stadium could be used by members of the community by having it open from dawn to dusk. The goal would be to increase the use of the stadium complex if it was reconstructed.
Where can additional information be obtained about a Voter-Approved PPEL?
Contact Rob Cordes, superintendent of schools at 712-792-8001 or email email@example.com with your questions.