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VOTED PPEL | September 13, 2022

The Lamoni Community School District relies on funds from a voter-approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) for three critical services:

  1. The district’s entire fleet of buses

  2. One-to-one technology for students at all grade levels

  3. Facility needs and purchases, such as classroom desks, chairs, band equipment, and HVAC repairs

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The current voted PPEL has been in effect for the past 10 years, but is set to expire at the end of the 2022-23 school year. The School Board is now asking the community to renew the PPEL on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.

If approved, the PPEL would not lead to a property tax increase. The PPEL tax rate would remain the same, while the school district would continue to use the funds to cover transportation and technology costs. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a voted PPEL?

A PPEL is a voter-approved levy that generates funds a school district can use for infrastructure and equipment repairs, purchases and improvements. Funds may be used only for these purposes. 

 

If voters approve the PPEL, how would the district use the funds?

If residents approve the voted PPEL on September 13, the district would use the funds largely for the following purposes:

  • Maintaining our entire fleet of school buses

  • One-to-one technology for students at all grade levels

  • Facility needs and purchases (e.g., classroom desks, chairs, band equipment, and HVAC repairs)

 

As we continue to focus on preparing students for the career and college opportunities of the future, we believe we must ensure they have access to these critical resources and services. 

 

What is the district’s current PPEL rate?

The current PPEL rate is $1.34 per every $1,000 of assessed property value in the Lamoni Community School District. This rate would remain the same if the residents approve the renewal of the voted PPEL on September 13.

 

What would happen if the PPEL is not renewed?

If the PPEL is not renewed, the Lamoni Community School District would need to pull money from the general fund to support transportation and technology. This would lead to cuts to programs and staffing.

 

How would an approved PPEL affect property taxes?

If the question on the ballot is approved, the PPEL rate would remain the same and there would be no increase in the property tax rate. This is because the School Board is simply asking residents to renew the voted PPEL currently in place, at the same rate.

 

The district and board have always looked to minimize impacts on our community members when it comes to property taxes. By renewing the district’s PPEL, we will continue to make investments to protect our district’s assets and ensure our students continue to have the opportunities they need to succeed and thrive. 

 

When is election day?

The election date is Tuesday, September 13, 2022.

 

Where can I vote on September 13?

Voters may cast their ballots at their regular polling location on Tuesday, September 13. Polling location information is available here: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/

 

Can I cast an absentee ballot in this election?

Yes! Registered voters may request an absentee ballot ahead of election day. Learn more at https://decatur.municipalcms.com/pview.aspx?id=7509.

Please use the form below to submit any questions or feedback you may have.

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