BCLUW district voters pass school levy

Voters in the BCLUW School District passed a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy in a special election held Tuesday.

The levy passed with a 60 percent approval rate and needed just a 50 percent plus one vote to pass.

The levy will help go to facility improvements in the district and cost property owners an extra 67 cents per $1,000 valuation, or $67 more a year for a $100,000 home. This levy is estimated to bring an extra $152,000 to the district annually.

“We’re definitely pleased with the community support for this,” said BCLUW Superintendent Ben Petty. “We look forward to moving ahead with some of the projects over the next few years.”

Among the projects on the horizon as a result of the PPEL passing is a new bus garage, renovations to the auditorium at the high school and improvements for the elementary classrooms for BCLUW.

The PPEL is a 10-year levy and will start with the 2013-14 fiscal year.

The unofficial vote count was 139 “yes” and 92 “no” in the BCLUW district Tuesday. Polling locations included Conrad, Union and Liscomb.

“I was hopeful it would pass and was glad to see it,” Petty said.