Boyden-Hull Voters Approve Increase In Current PPEL, Deny Extension

Date posted - February 5, 2014

boyden hull ballotHull, Iowa — According to unofficial results, voters in the Boyden-Hull School District have decided to approve one of the measures that would help the district renovate one of its athletic facilities, and deny the other.

According to the district superintendent, they want to improve the athletic facility they share with Western Christian, A.R. Hesla Field. Resurfacing of the track, a new concession stand, and improvements to the public restrooms are planned.

Voters approved the measure to raise the current Physical Plant and Equipment Levy or “PPEL” by 67 cents per thousand dollars of valuation for its remaining two years. However, they denied the other measure to extend it for an additional ten years at the new rate of $1.34 per thousand. Raising of the current levy just squeaked by. It needed 50 percent and got 50.96 percent. Extension of the levy at the new rate failed, with only 48.8 percent voting for passage.

Voters in the Boyden precinct were more opposed to the measures. They voted 48 “yes” to 71 “no” on the first measure and 45 “yes” to 74 “no” on the second. Hull precinct voters voted 162 “yes” to 132 “no” on the first measure and 156 “yes” to 138 “no” on the second.

Full text on the ballot:

Proposition A:

Shall the Board of Directors of the Boyden-Hull Community School District, in the Counties of Sioux and Lyon, State of Iowa, for the purpose of purchasing and improving grounds; constructing schoolhouses or buildings and opening roads to schoolhouses or buildings; purchasing of buildings; purchase, lease, or lease-purchase of technology and equipment; paying debts contracted for the erection or construction of schoolhouses or buildings, not including interest on bonds; procuring or acquisition of libraries; repairing, remodeling, reconstructing, improving, or expanding the schoolhouses or buildings and additions to existing schoolhouses; expenditures for energy conservation; renting facilities under Chapter 28E; purchasing transportation equipment for transporting students; lease purchase option agreements for school buildings or equipment; purchasing equipment authorized by law; or for any purpose or purposes now or hereafter authorized by law, be authorized for a period of two (2) years, to levy annually, as determined by the Board, a voter-approved physical plant and equipment property tax not to exceed an additional Sixty-Seven Cents-($.67), per One Thousand Dollars ($1,000) of assessed valuation of the taxable property within the school district commencing with the levy for collection in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, and ending in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, it being understood that if this proposition should fail to be approved by the voters, such failure shall not be construed to terminate or restrict authority previously granted by the voters to levy a special tax for any one or more of the foregoing purposes?

Proposition B:

Shall the Board of Directors of the Boyden-Hull Community School District, in the Counties of Sioux and Lyon, State of Iowa, for the purpose of purchasing and improving grounds; constructing schoolhouses or buildings and opening roads to schoolhouses or buildings; purchasing of buildings; purchase, lease or lease-purchase of technology and equipment; paying debts contracted for the erection or construction of schoolhouses or buildings, not including interest on bonds; procuring or acquisition of libraries; repairing, remodeling, reconstructing, improving, or expanding the schoolhouses or buildings and additions to existing schoolhouses; expenditures for energy conservation; renting facilities under Chapter 28E; purchasing transportation equipment for transporting students; lease purchase option agreements for school buildings or equipment; purchasing equipment authorized by law; or for any purpose or purposes now or hereafter authorized by law, be authorized for a period of ten (10) years, to levy annually, a voter-approved physical plant and equipment property tax not to exceed One Dollar Thirty-Four Cents ($1.34) per One Thousand Dollars ($1,000) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property within the school district, commencing with the levy for collection in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, or each year thereafter?

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