The upcoming vote for the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) is on November 7th, 2023. This was created by the Iowa Legislature in the early 1990’s as a locally generated funding stream that is used to support school district facilities and equipment. Voters can approve a maximum levy of $1.34 per $1,000 of property tax.
The current voted PPEL was approved by voters in the New London Community School District nearly 20 years ago, in October of 1995. This levy ran for 10 years and was renewed in 2005 and 2014. The voters approved a $.67 per $1,000 rate on property tax.
This funding has been used to replace roofs, purchase new transportation vehicles, security system upgrades, purchased staff and student computers, as well as many more improvements throughout the district.
Funds can only be used for things such as roofing replacement/repair, masonry repairs, energy conservation improvements, concrete and asphalt repairs, school buses, technology, and other facility improvements. State law is very specific in that PPEL funds cannot be used for salaries, benefits, textbooks, or educational programs.
The school district receives approximately $141,000 annually from this levy.
The vote is for a 10-year extension and is at 103 W. Washington St from 7:00am until 8:00pm.
This will not raise property taxes.