Recount holds up failed PPEL vote for South Tama Schools

The Physical Plant and Equipment Levy for the South Tama School District failed to pass in the Sept. 10 election, and the numbers held up in a recount this past week.

The votes in the recount confirmed there were 150 “no” tallies to 149 “yes” votes for the measure, also known as PPEL. It needed a simple majority of 50 percent plus one vote to pass.

The district requested the levy be renewed for 10 years at the rate of $1.34 per $1,000 property valuation.

The levy helps fund building improvements, bus purchases, technology upgrades and other facility upgrades in the district. The PPEL provides $440,000 annually to South Tama.

“It’s a substantial fund and an important fund to the district,” said Kerri Nelson, superintendent of South Tama Schools.

Nelson said it would be a school board decision whether to bring the measure up for a special election or to possible decrease the levy rate and try again for it to be passed.


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