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Page Ten N/Warren Towla and County News .... Thursday, July 7, 2011 From Norwalk School District By Kate Baldwin, Business Manager for Norwalk Community Schools School District Requests Voters to Renew PPEL The Board of Directors at Norwalk Schools will be submitting a ballot issue question regarding the renewal of the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) at the September 13, 2011 school board election. In the com- ing weeks, the School District and a committee of local citizens will be presenting information to the public explaining the PPEL levy and why the school board has passed a resolution supporting the continuation of the levy. Below is a list of "Frequently Asked Questions" that helps to start the conversations with the public. Members of the community that have lived in Norwalk for over 10 years are familiar with this levy and how the revenue benefits the School. If you have questions about PPEL or would like ad- ditional information, please contact any of the school board members, Superintendent Denny Wulf (981-0676, dwulf@norwalk.k12.ia.us ) or Business Manager Kate Baldwin at (981-0676, kbaldwin@norwalk.k12.ia.us). School Board Members: Katherine Schmidt, Board President, Board Members: Deb Hobbs, Rick Kaul, George Meinecke and Tom Phillips. 1. What is PPEL? PPEL stands for Physical Plant and Equipment Levy. PPEL provides the necessary funds to maintain the school buildings, complete site improvements and pur- chase school equipment. PPEL is an annual property tax lev not a bond issue. 2. How much is the current PPEL? The current PPEL levy is $1.34 per $1000 of taxable property valuation. Voters are being asked to renew the current, S1.34 levy for another 10 years. 3. What will approval of thePPEL at $1.34 per thou- sand mean to me as a taxpayer? This chart illustrates the current taxpayer financial support for the PPEL levy. 7 Assessed Home Value PPEL Tax per Month PPEL Tax per Year $100,000 $5.42 $65.03 $150,000 $8.13 $97.55 $200,000 $10.84 $130.06 4. How much revenue does PPEL currently provide? The current voter PPEL gnerates approximately $575,000 per year. The District generates another $130,000 per year in PPEL revenues under an annual Board authorized PPEL. The combination of the voter and board approved PPEL creates approximately $ 705,000 annually for school building maintenance and large equipment purchases. 5. How are the PPEL funds used by the School Dis- trict? Under state law, the funds are limited to remodeling school buildings, additions on buildings, maintenance and repairs to buildings, school busses, technology (over $500), roof replacement and repair and maintenance of heating and air conditioning units. Norwalk Schools has primarily used the funds for large school improve- ment projects and the purchase of new school busses during the past 10 years. PPEL funds have also been used to provide matching grant funds for federal and state school construction grants. In the past, revenues from PPEL were used to provide local matching funds for a $1 million Vision Iowa Grant in 2000 and for three Harkin Construction grants totaling over $2.5 million. 6. How long has the District had a PPEL levy? Norwalk Schools has had a PPEL levy for over 55 years. Prior to 1992, the PPEL levy was called the "Schoolhouse Levy." Norwalk Schools has financial records dating back to 1955 indicating the District sup- ported a PPEL levy for the purpose of school building maintenance and improvements since the 1954-1955 school year. 7. How many schools have a PPEL levy? Currently 248 of the 359 Iowa School Districts (69%) have a voter approved PPEL including local districts Ankeny, Des Moines, Carlisle, Dallas Center-Grimes, Indianola, Johnston, Interstate-35, Martensdale-St. Marys, Newton, North Polk Southeast Polk, Waukee .and West Des Moines. [ 8. Why is the school board requesting an election now? The current PPEL levy will expire at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. Under new election law, school board elections are only held in odd years. To avoid holding a special election at a cost of over $1500, the District will place the PPEL question on the fall 2011 ballot. The next regular school board election will not occur until the fall of 2013, after current levy expires. NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT 9. What happens if the PPEL levy is not renewed? Maintenance of school buildings is essential to meet- ing the basic educational needs of the students. Under Iowa law, construction of school buildings, site improve- ments and large equipment purchases are a local taxpayer's responsibility. Repair and improvement ex- penditures must be made to maintain safe and efficient buildings. If funds are not provided by PPEL, costs for building repairs must be paid from another source. Norwalk has used Sales Tax funds for large construc- tion projects to avoid levying future property tax con- struction bonds. The only remaining source of funding for school maintenance, other than PPEL, would be the General Fund. Use of the General Fund in this way will reduce money available for teacher salaries, support staff, curriculum, programs, supplies and all other sup- port for teaching and learning. Due to the soft economy and the State of Iowa budget issues, school budget rev- enues are not keeping pace with expenditure increases. Without PPEL funds, the General Fund will be spread even thinner to meet the demands of education and.i school maintenance. 10. When and where is the PPEL election? The PPEL vote will occur with the regular school board election Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at St. John the Apostle Church, 720 Orchard Hills Dr., Norwalk. Polls will be open from 7:00 a:m. to 8:00 p.m, Absentee ballot applications are available on the Warren County website or you may vote directly at the Warren Count! Auditor's Office in Indianola. 11. What were PPEL expenditures in the past 10 years? See Chart Below Concluded p.11 PHYSICAL PLANT & EQUIPMENT LEVY REVENUE & EXPENSES 2003 TO 2013 YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 L YEAR 4 YEAR 5 YEAR 6 YEAR 7 YEAR 8 YEAR 9 YEAR 10 10.YEAR I FISCAL YEAR TOTAL ............................................................................................................................................ ,... 2003-2004 2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 ,REVENUES: BOARD PPEL I..EW ( $.33 $86,7i6 $87094 $91,279 $98,628 $104,175 $116,632 $124,040 $131,635 i $1'42,434 $149,555 $1,1:$2,188 ..................................... .-_d .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... + = _ + ......................... +INTEREST INCOME __++ $7.. 3.. $312 ....  $2,9600 $13,300 $922 $193 $200 $200 $200 518,440 i.M.!S.C.E.L E..O.tI.S..!.N.C.OM I. ............................................ --..........--. $24,519 $1,504 $561 $625 $622 $779[ $748 $1,300 $600 531,258 +.[O[AL....RE..VE..H.U.E..$...PE...R...Y!A!  .................................... : 5508,"137., $470,t75 $4,648 5509,508 5542,895 5597,805 $633,660 $667,655 $721,600 $757,040 55,895,122 +=, ........................................... u....:-... 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ROOF REPLACEMENTS &.REPAIRS $23;810 $30,622 -$139,832 $54,640 $11,486 $38,767 $82,843 $122,000 $145,000 $648,999 !.HV.AC..RE_.P_...E.ME_NT...S....&...!M_p...R..O..+M..IN..TS ....................................................... $.3./. 7:207e ......... :_$..5.00_940 .............. $...6 ,.5.6.9 ................ $.70..,5.8.'+ ............... _!2.70,4.7e ........... 13 ,.0 205 ............. .4Z,31 8 .......... 1 06,.0001 .............  6 01,10100 .......... 6 , 1 d PLUMBING REPAIRS $e68 $2,62 $2214 $3,OOO " $7,500 $3,008 519+O9 i +EL+E...CTR+.!C+AI= REP_RS & IMPROVEMENTSL__ : $225 |13,200 $5296 ' $16,586 $0 $2,350 $2,500 $2,500 $42,657 ..B..U..!L:E)!hI.G....U..A!IqTEN.AICE... & REPAIRS " . ............ $...L6.7./ .............. ....$.;Z1.,.226. ........... :.....$!..6.,.9.70 ................ !.2.60g.0.; .............. $1.4...71.1. ;..........$.1.6,0.93 ................ .6e.,eo.0 ........... ..$..!.03,65e ............ $!.45,0.00 .............. $..!..2,00.0 ............ .z.z;7. ,.S!T.E IA!E .&..!MPROVE ..M.E...+NT..S " ................................................................................................................ .$/_..37.8 ................ 39.!. 1..5 ................ $28...0.49. ............ $.26..568 ........... $27.093 .... $20000 ......... $20000 ...... $!.00.0.00 ............ $262.;2..0f ! SECURITY EQUIPMENT & INSTALLATION ............... $24,499 $1,484 $10,000 $14,000 $16,000 $12,000 577,983 IA+SB--E-STO'S,,:E-M'EN+T ....................................... $7,370 $600 57,970 ..BLD .q..&..9.R.gyN.0.8..E 9.u!PM!.nT. ............................................................................................................................................................................ 1_.0.,.48 ............... $.5.0.d..5.S ............ .$..30,'.97 ................. $.:4.,.7.95 .............. $.6,6..'.3 .............. $.4.1..,.6.0. ............... $.!..l,..O ............. $2fft.,4:3. BUSNEHICLE PURCHASE $119,770 $25,676 $136,680 $161,490 $171,938 $0 $0 5615,554 FOOD SERVICE EQUIPMENT $10,7881 $10,788 ..................................... +FIRE SAFETY GRANT IMPROVEMENTS FY03 $8,161 58,161 ' FIR E SAFETY G RANT I M PROVE MENTS FY05 .......................................................... $2..9;.9 ................ $./..598.5. ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... $.!.89.64 FOOTBALL BLEACHER REPLACEMENT $14,390 $130,396 $t44,787 ,.I= 3.0 TB.&!-.:.I..F.!.E.LI3..!.(.I'T!! ( ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. $8!..,05.77 .......................................................................................................................................................................... $8.!.,5"P7.. +TE C H N O LO GY E QUIP M E NT ..................................................... $.7.+.,376 .............. $69,4.4.8 ............... $.6.5.,9.5.+ .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... $20.5.,7Z4. i 20-YR MASTER PLANNING ARCHITECT FEES $47,170 $1,349 $48,519 i2006 HS CONST LOAN PAYMENTS ................................................................................................................................................................................................................ $..2.4.0.,O0.0 ........... $.250.,.13.0.0 .......... $.260,IJ.0.1) ............ $2.i.5,013.0 ............. $.2.7.Chl.OO........$.'l.,290OOe "e6N6iiYE (i;grc,o,:r:is66is-rRo6:fi6N . ............................................................................................................................................................................. $.5.9,59.4 .............. 048.,9904 ................. 40,.!.! 4 ................. 30,.7.3.8 ................ .:t00,058 ............... 01..0.,.66 ............ td84,0z;+. P PE.LFUN.D+S.._E O..R....+H...8 ..0N...STRUgT!.0.N.. ..................................................................................... $.2..5.0,000 ........................................................................................................................................................... $25.0.,000 CON'I'INGENCY $27,049 $50,000 $50,000 5127,049 TOTAL EXPENSES PER YEAR ...... $$.5.7.08!.5 .......... $6.38,604 ..... $2.100,.59.4 ........... $.437,4804 ....... $580.:.!.5.3 .............. $.79400,9...720._......$.!5.4,.08.2!6 ......... $..80.4.,.13..7 ...... $7.9G458 ........... $680.,.!600.$.5.,9077.(!88 iENDING FUND BALANCE PERYEAR -$33,721 -$202,150 $71,904 $'143,928 $106,670 -$90,497 $88,347 -$68,135 -$142,993 -$66,109