The Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) funds the purchase and improvement of District buildings and grounds, construction and repair of schools or buildings and access roads, and the purchase or lease of District vehicles and busses. The District has had a PPEL for 40 years; during this time, the rate has not increased. The fund currently generates some $3.46 million annually, allowing the District to respond to immediate needs. There are many other projects that must be deferred, however, because of limited resources. The PPEL expires on June 30, 2015.
On Sept. 10, 2013, the District will ask the community to consider a PPEL rate of $1.34 per $1,000 taxable property valuable. This amount will generate $6.92 million annually to be used for:
· Proactive maintenance, with planned equipment purchases and facility repairs.
· Projects that provide safe and secure schools for students and staff
· Increased investment in school busses and District vehicle
· Improved energy conservation efforts.
The District’s Facilities Master Plan, developed with the involvement of community members, includes a detailed listing of proposed and deferred operations and maintenance (O&M) projects as well as a proposed school bus replacement schedule over nine years. These would all be funded by the PPEL.
Click here for the Operations & Maintenance listing
Click here for the school bus replacement schedule
Click here for PPEL Information Points
Voting on Sept. 10, 2013, will take place at five Vote Center locations. These differ from precinct voting in that a voter may choose to vote at any Center location. Vote Centers will be located at Jefferson, Kennedy, Metro, and Washington high schools and at the Educational Leadership and Support Center. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The ballot will also include Board of Education candidates.