Levy vote Tuesday in BCLUW district

The BCLUW School District is asking voters to approve a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy that would add 67 cents per thousand valuation to property taxes in the district. The special election will be held Tuesday and the district needs a 50 percent plus one vote of “yes” to pass.

BCLUW Superintendent Ben Petty said if this 10-year levy is passed at current tax levels it would bring the district an additional $152,000 a year and would be used for school facility improvements.

“We have some needs the infrastructure funds we have currently don’t address,” Petty said.

Petty said among the possible projects that would benefit from the PPEL would be a new bus garage, an update of the auditorium at the high school and renovations of elementary classrooms.

Petty said the current garage doesn’t meet the size needs of the modern buses and a new garage would add to the longevity of the bus fleet. He said the PPEL funds could also help replace classroom dividers with permanent walls in the elementary building.

More than 60 percent of school districts in Iowa have a voter approved PPEL in place. Petty said he doesn’t take lightly asking residents for more tax money, but he still feels the tax rate is fair in the district.

“Our tax rate now is more than a dollar below the state average,” Petty said.

The PPEL would increase annual taxes $67 for someone owning a $100,000 home.

Polls are open from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday and are located at the Conrad Public Library, Liscomb City Hall and Union City Hall.