Voter Information for the PERL Special Election (February 6)

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Voter Information
Postville Community School District

Please VOTE in the February 6th Special Election
on the Public Education & Recreation Levy (PERL)

This information is not intended to advocate for or against PERL. The intention of this communication is to inform you of the facts related to the election.

What is PERL?

Revenues from the Public Education & Recreation Levy (PERL) are used to establish and maintain public recreation places and playgrounds in the public school buildings and grounds of the district. The PERL revenues are also used to provide public educational and recreational activities within the district boundaries and for community education as defined in Iowa Code. The levy provides $0.135 per $1,000 to support public education and recreation opportunities in the Postville School District. If approved, the tax would take effect for the 2018-2019 school year. There are 22 districts in Iowa that currently levy for PERL.

PERL Ballot Language

Shall the following public measure be adopted?

YES [ ]
NO [ ]

Shall the Board of Education at Postville Community School District in the Counties of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, and Winneshiek, State of Iowa, be authorized to levy a tax upon all the taxable property within the School District of not to exceed thirteen and one-half cents ($0.135) per thousand dollars of assessed valuation of the taxable property within the School District for public educational and recreational activities and community education purposes?

Where do I vote?

The vote will take place on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, from 12-8 pm at the Turner Hall in Postville. The vote will need a simple majority (of the people who vote) to pass.

Why has the public requested a vote for PERL?

If approved, PERL will generate approximately $25,000 per year (based on yearly valuation) to support:

  • new playground equipment
  • before/after school programming
  • summer school programming
  • adult education programs

What is the property tax impact?

Changes in property taxes will be minimal. The district can adjust other tax levies to make the PERL property tax neutral. The funding will begin in fall of 2018 if PERL passes.

Why not just do this without the tax?

The PERL will provide a funding stream for these items for many years to come. The district has had increasing enrollment for the past 6 years. The playground needs to be safe and large enough to accommodate an increasing number of students. Currently, federal funds are used for before school, after school, and summer school programming. This may decrease over time. The PERL would allow the district to continue these programs or enhance them. The school can promote adult education programs through the YMCA.

Who do I ask if I have questions?

You may contact Postville's Superintendent, Tim Dugger by emailing him at tdugger@postville.k12.ia.us if you have questions about this Special Election or need more information.