OXFORD– The Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district expires in December 2015, and superintendent Tim Kuehl wants to ask voters to extend it. Kuehl spoke with the district’s board of directors during their monthly work session and business meeting Monday, July 29, at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford.
“It’s an important funding stream and we want to maintain it,” Kuehl said. Currently the levy is $0.67 with $0.37 per $1,000 of valuation coming from the property tax and the $0.30 balance coming from a surtax on income. The levy generated $647,430 last year for such items as new school buses, technology purchases, maintenance equipment and building maintenance. PPEL funds are not considered part of the district’s general fund and as such cannot be used to pay salaries.
Kuehl plans a media blitz including utilizing social media to get the word out to patrons of the district how the funds are used and why PPEL dollars are important. “It’s not an increase, its just a continuation,” he stressed. “We don’t want to lose those funds.
The board unanimously approved placing the measure on the Sept. 10 school board election ballot.
Also, the district’s Instructional Support Levy (ISL) is scheduled to expire in 2014. Kuehl explained this is a board-enacted levy good for five years, which goes directly into the general fund. The $0.68 per $1,000 levy is split 50-50 between property tax and a surtax on income. Last year this tax generated $806,854 for student support services such as technology, nursing, library services, staff development and instructional supplies.
“Once again, we’re not looking at a tax increase with this, it’s a continuation of a funding stream that we, and every other district, except for one, in the state of Iowa take advantage of,” said Kuehl.
The board voted unanimously to extend the ISL for another five years.