Information on upcoming PPEL election, Feb. 7

Guest column
By: 
Dr. Brian Jaeger
MCSD Superintendent

     I wanted to share some important news with you about a topic that will be circulating around our community over the next few months.

     At the Board of Education meeting Monday night, Nov. 28, the board adopted a “Resolution of Education” to call for an election on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 to renew our Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) for another 10 years.

     Our current levy is set to sunset in June 2018 and has been in place for 10 years. If approved on Feb. 7, the PPEL will continue to supply our district with the funds needed to maintain our facilities and grounds when we need repairs or improvements along with providing for the purchase of buses and other vehicles in the transportation department.

     The PPEL can be broken down into two parts:

     1. The school board may annually certify a regular Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) in an amount up to 33 cents per $1,000 as assessed valuation. In Monticello, the amount raised with this part of the PPEL is approximately $120,000 per year.

     2. The voters may authorize a Voted Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (VPPEL) for a period not exceeding 10 years and in an amount not exceeding $1.34 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. In Monticello, the election on Feb. 7 will only be asking for 67 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. This will result in approximately $240,000 per year.

     The total amount of funds raised for the Monticello Community School District through PPEL funds has been a total of $1 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, or approximately $360,000 annually. The school board is only seeking to renew the current amount of this levy, which is still well below the maximum that can be assessed.

     In the upcoming months, we will be sharing much more information to help you better understand the facts about PPEL. Then on Monday, Jan. 30, at 5 p.m. in the high school auditorium, we will be hosting a forum to share information and to answer any questions you may have regarding the PPEL.

     Please mark your calendar for Jan. 30 (PPEL forum) and Feb. 7 (Election Day). If you have any questions that can’t wait until we meet, please feel free to e-mail me directly and I will be happy to respond.

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