A Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) ballot measure passed in the Central City Community School District Tuesday, while voters in the nearby North Linn Community School District rejected their own levy proposal.
In a newsletter, Central City Superintendent Tim Cronin vowed that the school board would reduce other parts of the school district tax in order to maintain the overall burden on residents should the majority support the ballot question. In response, 56.74 percent of voters approved doubling the levy rate – to the voter-approved maximum of $1.34 per $1,000 in taxable valuation from 67 cents per $1,000 – for 10 years beginning July 1, 2015.
Preliminary totals from the Linn County Auditor's Office show that 43.26 percent of voters opposed the measure and 178 votes were cast in the election.
Only 41.62 percent of North Linn voters cast their ballots in favor of introducing PPEL to the district, which does not currently impose the levy, but was not enough to meet the simple majority threshold. Of the 567 votes cast, 58.38 percent opposed setting the levy at $1.34 per $1,000 for 10 years beginning July 1, 2014.
Districts can use PPEL dollars for maintenance, replacements and upgrades to technology, facilities and transportation. Results for both elections are unofficial until the Linn County Auditor's canvass, which must be completed by Tuesday, Feb. 11.