VOTED PPEL | Tuesday, March 5, 2024
The East Marshall Community School District relies on funds from its voter-approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) to address many facility and equipment needs.
The PPEL is a voter-approved levy that generates funds a school district can use for infrastructure and equipment repairs, purchases, and improvements. A voted PPEL must be renewed every 10 years.
The School Board is asking the community to renew the district's PPEL on Tuesday, March 5, 2024. If the measure passes, the PPEL would be extended through 2035. Without renewal, the district's voted PPEL will expire on June 30, 2025.
An approved voted PPEL in March would not lead to a property tax increase. The PPEL tax rate would remain the same at $0.67 per $1,000 of taxable property value.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a voted PPEL?
A PPEL is a voter-approved levy that generates funds a school district can use for infrastructure and equipment repairs, purchases and improvements. Funds may be used only for these purposes.
If voters renew the PPEL, how would the district use the funds?
If residents renew the voted PPEL on March 5, the district would use the funds largely for the following purposes:
Roof repairs and replacements
School security and safety enhancements
Technology infrastructure and equipment
HVAC system maintenance
Bus replacement and other transportation needs
East Marshall prides itself on preparing students for college and career opportunities of the future and this is made possible by providing them with a quality learning environment, resources, and services.
What is the district’s current PPEL rate?
The current PPEL rate is $0.67 per every $1,000 of assessed property value in the East Marshall Community School District. This rate would remain the same if the residents approve the renewal of the voted PPEL on March 5.
What would happen if the PPEL is not renewed?
If the PPEL is not renewed, the East Marshall Community School District would need to use money from the general fund to support the facility and equipment needs that are currently addressed with PPEL funds. This could lead to cuts to program and staffing cuts.
How would a renewed PPEL affect property taxes?
If the question on the ballot is approved, the PPEL rate would remain the same and there would be no increase in the property tax rate. This is because the School Board is asking residents to renew the voted PPEL that's in place today.
The district and School Board respect the needs of taxpayers and strive to minimize financial impacts on community members. By renewing the district’s voted PPEL, East Marshall Community School District will continue to make cost-effective investments to protect the district's assets and ensure our students continue to have the opportunities they need to succeed.
When is election day?
The election date is Tuesday, March 5, 2024.
Where can I vote on March 5?
Election Day polling locations for East Marshall Community School District's registered voters include:
Laurel City Hall: Laurel city residents and East Marshall CSD residents within Logan, Jefferson and Timber Creek Townships in Marshall County, and all East Marshall CSD residents of Poweshiek and Jasper Counties.
Le Grand Community Building: East Marshall CSD residents within Green Castle, LeGrand, and Marion Townships.
Montour Community Building: East Marshall CSD residents of Tama County.
Can I cast an absentee ballot in this election?
Yes. Registered voters may request a mailed absentee ballot ahead of election day by contacting your County Auditor's Office. The deadline to request a mailed ballot is Monday, February 19. Ballots must be received by the auditor’s office before the polls close at 8 p.m. on election day to be considered for counting.
In-person absentee voting begins on Wednesday, February 14, and can be completed at your County Auditor’s Office during regular business hours until Monday, March 4.