Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) Headquarters

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VOTING INFORMATION/PPEL FAQ's /CONTACT THE BOARD/ HOW TO VOTE EARLY

Welcome to the “Physical Plant & Equipment Levy (PPEL) Special Election Headquarters” section on the WG CSD website. This section has been developed to provide the most relevant, current, and important information about the PPEL Special Election to be held on Sept. 13th. 

The Woodward-Granger PPEL plan represents 5- years of research and planning, incorporates feedback from parents, staff and community members, and addresses high-priority items throughout the district. 

The PPEL is projected to provide $3.5 million to $5 million over its 10-year span. When added to existing funds, the district will be able to undertake a significant remodel of current buildings and the updating of additional facilities for use by district activities and community organizations. If you have a question that is not answered within this dedicated PPEL section, please contact the Administrative Office: (515) 999-8022. The PPEL Special Election will take place on Tuesday September 13th, 2016.


WHAT IS THE PPEL?

The Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) is a voter-approved levy that serves as one of the primary revenue sources for funding school infrastructure and equipment repairs, purchases, and improvements. Currently, the district has a Board-approved PPEL in the amount of $0.33 per $1,000 of assessed valuation and a $1.34/$1000 in voter approved PPEL that expires in 2018. Voters in the WG CSD will be given the opportunity to vote to renew the expiring PPEL of $1.34 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for another 10-year period. 

When added to existing funding sources, the district will be able to undertake the remodel of existing buildings and the updating of facilities for activities. The PPEL is projected to provide $3.5 million to $5 million over its 10-year span. The special election will be held Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

(Note: Existing funding sources consist of the 1% sales tax and Board voted PPEL.)


IMPROVING, SECURING, AND UPDATING WOODWARD-GRANGER SCHOOLS

For over four years, the WG CSD has been focusing on transforming education in order to increase engagement, improve overall student achievement and spark a renewed passion for learning throughout the district. Redesigning classroom spaces that better support collaboration, innovation and participation of all students is directly related to the district’s vision of focusing on one student at a time. With a high school graduation rate above 90%, in combination with the some of the highest achievement scores the district has seen in some time, this positive shift in education is delivering results.

As we implement proven and effective methods for transforming education, we must also consider the physical structures in which this education is taking place:

  • Are buildings structured to maximize safety, security, and convenience?
  • Are classrooms designed to facilitate high levels of collaboration and learning?
  • Are facilities being maintained and improved while keeping in mind future growth throughout our district and community?

The WG CSD Board of Directors is asking Woodward and Granger residents to vote in the upcoming PPEL Special Election that will be held Tuesday, September 13, 2016.


HOW CAN THE PPEL BE USED?

State law includes detailed parameters regarding how PPEL funds may be used by a school district. Per the Iowa Department of Education website, the PPEL may be used for the following purposes:

  • Purchase and improvement of grounds
  • Construction of schoolhouses or buildings
  • Opening roads to schoolhouses or buildings   
  •  Purchase, lease, or lease-purchase of equipment or technology exceeding $500 per transaction
  •  Payment of debts contracted for the erection or construction of schoolhouses or buildings, not including interest on bonds
  •  Procuring or acquisition of library facilities
  •  Repairing, remodeling, reconstructing, improving, or expanding the schoolhouses or buildings and additions to existing schoolhouses
  •  Expenditures for energy conservation
  • Rental of facilities
  • Purchase of transportation equipment for transporting students 
  • Purchase or lease-purchase of school buildings
  • Equipment purchases for recreational purposes
  • Payments to a municipality or other entity as required under section 403.19, subsection 2 [TIF]; 
  • Demolition, clean up and other costs incurred within two years of a natural disaster

The district continues to have eligible expenses that are being expending in the general fund, thus renewal of the PPEL will continue to help relieve the spending authority pressure on the general fund with general fund dollars focusing more on school programming instead of repairs.


PPEL MATERIALS FOR REFERENCE

WG 5-Year District Improvement Plan

PPEL Brochure (6×10″ Tri-fold)


PPEL FACTS

  1. The Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) is a voter-approved levy that serves as one of the primary revenue sources for funding school infrastructure and equipment repairs, purchases, and improvements.
  2. The PPEL Plan represents (5) five plus years of strategic planning and incorporates feedback from parents, staff, and our community.
  3. Focus areas include remodeling of existing buildings and updating facilities for activities.
  4. Well-maintained and improved facilities contribute to effective learning environments as well as the overall improvement of our communities.
  5. PPEL funds can only be used for facilities and technology purchases.
  6. The PPEL is projected to provide $3.5 million to $5 million over its 10-year span.
  7. This is not a NEW Levy but a 10-year extension of the existing voter approved levy that expires in 2018.

BUDGET & TAXES

Currently, the district has a Board-approved PPEL in the amount of $0.33 per $1,000 of assessed valuation and a $1.34/$1,000 voter approved PPEL that expires in 2018. Voters in the WG CSD will be given the opportunity to vote on the renewal of the $1.34 per $1,000 PPEL for the next 10-years. The PPEL is projected to provide $3.5 million to $5 million over its 10-year span.


History of District Levy (TAX RATES)

History of Total Levy Available for Infrastructure Purposes

Fiscal Year

Debt Service Levy

(Per Thousand of Taxable Valuation)

Board Approved $.33 PPEL

(Per Thousand of Taxable Valuation)

Voter Approved $1.34 PPEL

(Per Thousand of Taxable Valuation)

Total Levy Utilized for Infrastructure

(Per Thousand of Taxable Valuation)

2012-2013 $2.73326 $.33 $1.34 $4.40326
2013-2014 $3.25001 $.33 $1.34 $4.92001
2014-2015 $3.92730 $.33 $1.34 $5.5973
2015-2016 $4.00979 $.33 $1.34 $5.67979
2016-2017 $4.01119 $.33 $1.34 $5.68119

The district continues to have eligible expenses that are being expending in the general fund, thus renewal of the PPEL will continue to help relieve the spending authority pressure on the general fund with general fund dollars focusing more on school programming instead of repairs.


FACILITIES & ENROLLMENT FACTS

District facilities serve over 970+ students throughout the school year in addition to over 500+ youth participating in school and community-sponsored activities.


As demonstrated by the last General Obligation Community Bond Vote, over 70% of patrons supported upgrades and remodels of the district's current facilities and the addition of new spaces. PPEL funds would enable the district to continue these efforts by updating all buildings with improved classroom spaces that better support collaboration, innovation, and participation of all students, improve safety and security of all buildings by adding more comprehensive security features, and add additional spaces to these facilities as the district continues to grow.


The district has seen steady growth in enrollment and youth activities throughout the community—both of which place an ever-increasing demand on existing facilities. PPEL funds would also enable the district to enhance the overall capital facilities plan by updating/building additional classroom spaces, updating the MS locker rooms, painting the MS Gym/other facilities, improving the baseball pressbox and softball lighting, and repairing the surfaces of several school parking lots and playgrounds.


The MS was built in the early 1990's and is being partially remodeled with HVAC in 2016. PPEL funding would allow additional fresh paint, carpet and newer furniture and fixtures that would alllow for this facility to be comparable to our newly remodeled HS facility. In addition, the Early Learning Center is is in need of the same kinds of upgrades as it houses an outdated kitchen and lunchroom that are both in need of an overhaul. Additionally, the ELC playground needs additional work to ensure the safety of our students. 


COMMUNITY FORUM

We invite all community members to attend a Community Forum in order to learn more about the proposed PPEL plan and ensure your questions are answered.

Date:
August 15th

Time:
5:30 p.m. (Prior to the Woodward-Granger Regular Board Meeting at 6 :00p.m.)

Location:
Woodward-Granger MS Conference/Board Room in Woodward, Iowa (306 West third Street Woodward, IA 50276)


BALLOT LANGUAGE

The following language will be included on the September 13th, 2016, PPEL Special Election ballot:

Shall the Board of Directors of the Woodward-Granger Community School District, in the County of Dallas , 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?


VOTING INFORMATION & RESOURCES

What:
Woodward-Granger Community Schools PPEL Special Election
Specific Ballot Language

When:
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Polls open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where:
If you’re available to vote on September 13:
Polling Locations
Which precinct do I live in?

VOTE EARLY! If you’re unavailable to vote on September 13th:
If you won’t be able to get to your polling precinct on Tuesday, September 13, or would prefer to vote early, you can still have your vote count by requesting an Absentee Ballot. Download this Absentee Ballot Request Form.*

Please complete the form (Click Here) and mail to:

Dallas County Elections Office:

910 Court St.
Adel, IA  50003
(515) 993-6914

*Please Note: Absentee ballot request forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday September 12th, 2016 at the Dallas County Auditor’s Office.

Who:
Who can vote in this election?
Am I registered to vote in Iowa?
Voter Registration Information
Voter Registration Form
Register to Vote on Election Day

If you have questions about voter registration, your precinct, or your polling place please visit the Dallas County Auditor's website or contact the Dallas County Election Office at (515) 993-6914.


PPEL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

 

  1. What does the PPEL cost taxpayers?
    Voters in the WGCSD will be given the opportunity to vote on the renewal of the $1.34 per $1,000 of assessed valuation PPEL. This is not a new levy and will not add additional to your overall tax rate. It is an extension of the existing levy that expires in 2018.
  2. How long would it take to do a remodel or project?
    The current Board-approved capital plan indicates a project timeline spanning 5 years with an additional scope to be determined in the next 5-years to follow.
  3. What if more funds are received?
    If more funds are received, it may be possible to accelerate any/all project timelines.
  4. What if less funds are received?
    If less funds are received, project timelines may decelerate or project scope may need to be adjusted.
  5. Where is growth happening? Woodward-Granger is experiencing some pockets of residential growth. The identified areas include Twin Eagles Point, Jester Park Areas, Ironwood Estates in Granger and possibly an additional apartment complex in Woodward.
  6.  What is the plan for the growth in Twin Eagles and Ironwood Estates in Granger?  This is a challenging question to answer due to the unknown of how fast housing will be built. It is conceivable for anywhere from 10 houses to 30 houses that could be built each year with these two developments; results differ depending on the pace of construction. What we do know is there are current plans in place and  to have completed houses takes a minimum of two years, and similar to when the first part of Twin Eagles and Jester Lakes areas were taken from farm ground to houses, it does take time before students are in the houses. The WG CSD Board will have the flexibility to address this as more information becomes known.

  7. Will the Board-approved PPEL plan reduce class sizes? Not necessarily. Woodward-Granger CSD currently has a District Student:Teacher ratio of 14:1. This is already lower than our surrounding school districts. As a result of the PPEL however, the students in these classrooms will have access to newer, upgraded facilities and equipment.

  8.   How long does the PPEL last? The PPEL would be in place for a period of 10 years starting in 2018 through 2028 after which time it could be brought back to WG residents for renewal consideration.

  9. How will this improve security? The PPEL would support adding more comprehensive safety and security features and technology enhancements to all buildings.

  10. How will this improve education?  A well-maintained and safe physical environment fosters students’ ability to learn, to show improved achievement scores, and to exhibit appropriate behavior. Facilities in good condition, including low noise levels, cleanliness, access to clean air and water, and absence of overcrowding are not only conducive to learning, but essential for student and staff overall health and well-being. While not an “educational” improvement, improved facilities contribute to the overall improvement of neighborhoods and the potential for increased property value.

  11. Current breakdown of the school levy.   

                      Total FY 17 levy is 18.97801                         

                                    Breakdown:

·       General Fund and Instructional Support: 11.97674  

·        ISL: .144494

·       Management Board :1.17514

·       VOTED PPEL : 1.34

·       Board PPEL: .33

·       Debt Service: 4.01119​​

Real estate tax Valuation totals for the Woodward-Granger School District: Taxable valuations of $255,288,020 for General Fund, plus $2,138,277 of TIF. Valuation of $257,426,297 for Debt Service, PPEL, and ISL valuations.


CONTACT THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Please visit the Board of Directors website page for specific contact information for each Board member.

 

Becky Carroll, President of the Board of Directors

Jennifer Benbow, Vice President of the Board of Directors

Dan Jamison, Director

Derek Petry, Director

Troy Janssen, Director


VOTE EARLY!

Click Here  to download your official absentee ballot request form*!

Please complete the form and mail to:

Dallas County Elections Office:

910 Court St.
Adel, IA  50003
(515) 993-6914

*Please Note: Absentee ballot request forms must be received by Monday Sepember 12th, 2016 at the Dallas County Auditor’s Office.