PPEL vote coming up on February 6 election

Additional room for student instruction is being considered by the C-G-D district because more growth could max out the already-full elementary school. Photo by Kacey Ginn

The February 6 special school election will include options to vote on two different measures: the Iowa Central Community College bond referendum, and the Clarion-Goldfield-Dows PPEL renewal. Both were defeated in the regular school election on September 12, 2017.

However, C-G-D Superintendent Bob Olson believes many people didn’t know what failure to pass the PPEL (physical plant and equipment levy) will mean for the school district.

Public Measure ‘A’, if passed during the school election on September 12, would have brought the PPEL back up to the $1.34 for another 10 years across all areas of the district. However, the measure was defeated, with 57 votes yes and 66 votes no.

But what many voters didn’t know was that the measure was also a renewal of the PPEL. If not approved during the February 6 election, the PPEL levy will go down to 33 cents at the end of the school year, effectively halving the funds the district receives for building improvements and equipment purchases.

 

For the full story, see the January 25 edition of the Monitor.