The levy helps the district maintain its infrastructure and keep up with changing technology. It also helps keep the BCSD school facilities in top condition, the equipment up-to-date and the technology integration plan moving forward for students.
Residents of the Bettendorf Community School District are being asked to vote on a 10-year extension of the voter-approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL). Funds from the levy, which would raise $2.3 million per year, would be used to renovate and maintain existing school facilities, technology purchases, school buses, and equipment upgrades.
The referendum will be on the ballot during the Tuesday, September 13 local election. A simple majority of votes (greater than 50%) is required to approve the measure and pass the referendum.
Q What is the Sept. 13 vote for?
Residents of the school district are being asked to vote on a 10-year extension of the voted Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL). The fund would raise roughly $2.3 million per year - more than $23M over 10 years. The money from the levy can only be used to maintain existing school facilities, purchase/build new facilities, fund technology and equipment upgrades greater than $500, pay debt and enter into equipment or facility lease agreements.
Q Will the approval of the levy mean a property tax increase?
Approval of PPEL will NOT increase taxes. This would be a continuation of the existing $1.34 property tax levy.
Q How many votes are needed for approval?
A simple majority of votes (greater than 50%) is required to approve the measure to pass the referendum.
Q Hasn't the district had a voted PPEL levy in the past?
The district has had a voted PPEL levy since 1975. The levy for the fund was most recently approved in 2013 for a 10-year period. If approved on Sept. 2, the voted Physical Plant and Equipment Levy would be extended until 2034.
Q What will happen if PPEL isn't approved?
The district will work to the best of its ability to sustain existing infrastructure. The district's ability to upgrade facilities, purchase buses and maintain technology will be very limited.
Q Doesn't the district have enough money from the penny sales tax (SAVE fund)?
The SAVE fund has enabled the district to make significant improvements to every school building in conjunction with PPEL funds. The two funds work together to support ongoing needs.
- State Sales Tax $4.5M per year
- PPEL $2.3 per year
- TOTAL $6.8M per year
Technology - Roughly $1M per year
PPEL used for: annual technology integration, replacement printers, and infrastructure
Operations - Roughly $1.2M per year
PPEL used for: annual bus/vehicle purchases, grounds and building improvements, security cameras, and classroom/furniture upgrades
Additional Projects - $4.5M per year
Over the past 10 years, the PPEL & SAVE funds have allowed the district to complete many projects. Highlights are in the following section.