Voters have approved extension of the District’s Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL). The PPEL has been supported by District voters for 40 years. The current levy expires on June 30, 2015.
Renewal of a 10-year PPEL is at the rate of $1.34 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, beginning July 1, 2015. “We thank voters for turning out and participating in this election,” said Dr. Dave Benson, Superintendent. “We appreciate the consideration that community members gave to the issue.”
PPEL funds support the maintenance and upkeep of the District’s 425 acres of grounds and 2.7 million square feet of building space and have been focused on urgently-needed maintenance, with planned equipment purchases and facility repairs; building envelope maintenance and repair (roofing and masonry); and campus parking lots and asphalt for playgrounds. School buildings in the District average 60 years in age; two facilities are 100 years old.
The requirements for the use of the PPEL funds are very specific and limited to maintenance, technology, and equipment. PPEL revenues cannot be used for salaries, textbooks, or new educational programs. The renewed PPEL will provide funds for:
- Preventative maintenance, with planned equipment purchases and facility repairs, according to the District's Facilities Master Plan.
- Projects that provide for safe and secure schools for students and staff.
- Increased investment in District vehicles/busses.
- Improved energy conservation efforts.
- All components of the current PPEL.