IOWA CITY – The Iowa City school board is set to OK the language of a document it wants voters to approve to make more money available for construction projects.
At its Nov. 6 meeting, the board is scheduled to vote on a resolution approving what is called a revenue purpose statement and setting a Feb. 5 date for a special election. A majority of board members have already voiced support for the plan.
The revenue purpose statement would declare how sales tax revenue that goes to the school district could be spent. One is in place now from the 2007 election approving a school infrastructure local-options sales tax, or SILO. But a new one is needed to allow the district to access sales tax revenue until 2029, beyond the 2017 end date of the current revenue purpose statement. District leaders support the plan as a way to get up to $100 million to go toward a long list of building needs in the district.
The revenue purpose statement is purposefully broad so that the district has more freedom in how to spend the money. The proposal says money could go toward new buildings, additions to existing schools and renovations. Those are the main items advocated by school officials and parents.
It also allows for funds to be used to purchase or lease buildings, technology and equipment, for recreational spaces and playgrounds, to pay off bonds, and other uses.