Sheldon’s East Elementary Project Passes With Voters

east elementary 290px for webSheldon, Iowa — Voters in the Sheldon Community School District went to the polls Tuesday, and approved an expansion/remodel project on East Elementary.

All three measures passed by a more than 70% margin, with just over 26% of the District’s eligible voters casting a ballot.

Question A asked voters if the remaining three years of the existing PPEL should be increased by 84 cents per $1,000 of taxable property valuation from 50 cents to $1.34. That measure passed by 72.08 percent, with 950 voting yes, and 368 voting no.

Question B asked voters if the PPEL should be extended for another 10 years at a rate of $1.34 per $1,000 of taxable valuation when the current levy expires in three years. That measure passed by 71.10 percent, with 930 voting yes, and 378 voting no.

Question C asked voters if the revenue purpose statement should be revised for the 1 percent school infrastructure sales tax, including using $500,000 in revenue in fiscal years 2013-14 and 2014-15 toward the elementary project. That measure passed by 70.33 percent, with 927 voting yes, and 391 voting no.

KIDS Committee member Adam Besaw says that sales tax revenues would be eventually be used to pay down the $1.34 PPEL levy after the middle school building project is paid for and money is set aside for ongoing maintenance needs.

The measures only needed one vote over fifty percent to pass.

In all, the expansion and remodeling project is expected to cost $5.7 million.

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