Vote - Instructional Support Levy / Physical Plant and Equipment Levy

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What are we asking for in the 2016 election?

The District will be requesting a continuation of the ISL at 7%.  As in the past the levy would be used for any general fund purposes including but not limited to salary and benefits, supplies and equipment.

 

What is ISL?

The Instructional Support Program was established by the State of Iowa as a means of providing a local source for supporting education. The Program allows districts to increase their general fund budgets by up to 10.0% of the total regular program district cost. As of fiscal year 2015-16, 97% of School District in Iowa have an ISL at or above 6%.   School districts in Iowa are funded using a formula, regular program district cost, number of students multiplied by a cost per student. 

 

What can we use it for?

The Instructional Support Levy revenue may be used for any general fund purpose including but not limited to salary and benefits, supplies, and equipment. ISL dollars may ONLY be used for voter intended purposes. An estimated $538,803 ISL funding will be generated for the 2016-17 school year.

 

Charles City Community School District History

The Charles City CSD had a 4% levy for many years up until July 2005 when the levy was increased to 7%.

 

How is it funded?

The ISL is funded via a combination of state aide, property tax and income surtax. In an effort to reduce the effects on property tax in Floyd County the Charles City Board of Education designates the bulk of the ISL income from the income surtax. Historically, Charles City CSD has funded ISL using the maximum surtax allowable with the reminder from property tax. In FY 16 the district funded ISL with 6% surtax and .04 cents per thousand dollars of valuation.  The split of surtax and property tax is decided each year by the Board of Education.

 

Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL)

What are we asking for in the 2016 election?

The District will be requesting a continuation of the voted $1.34 PPEL for 10 years extending the levy until June 2030.    

 

What is PPEL?

The PPEL fund is a capital projects fund limited to expenditures for facilities, grounds, and certain equipment.  PPEL revenue can be generated from a levy certified annually by the board of directors for a maximum of 33 cents and/or a voter approved levy for a maximum of $1.34 per $1000 of assessed valuation (for a maximum total of $1.67).  The voter – approved levy may be all property tax or a combination of property tax and income surtax and may be levied for up to 10 years. 

 

What can we use it for?

PPEL money may be used for:

  • Purchase grounds, construct sidewalks, roadways, athletic fields, lighting, and demolition work
  • Construction of schoolhouses or buildings
  • Purchase, lease or lease-purchase of buildings or single unit of equipment or technology greater than $500
  • Repair/remodel/reconstruct facilities
  • Transportation equipment (busses)
  • Transportation repair greater than $2500

PPEL has provided needed funding for repairs, building improvements and equipment purchases to maintain our facilities. An estimated $746,208 PPEL funding will be generated for the 2016-17 school year.

 

Charles City Community School District History

The voters have approved the $1.34 PPEL for many years. The last vote was in September 2009 which extended the levy until June 2020.  Over the past five years, Charles City Community School District has used PPEL funding for technology equipment for students and staff, buses, building and grounds equipment, flooring, copy machines, roof repairs, tuckpointing and Carrie Lane rent.  

 

How is it funded?

PPEL is funded via a combination of property tax and income surtax.

PPEL dollars may ONLY be used for expenditures outlined in Iowa Code. If these funds were not available these purchases or improvements would not be made OR people and programs would be sacrificed in order to make general fund dollars available.





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