MFL MarMac voters support PPEL continuation

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By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Voters in the MFL MarMac School District have supported the continuation of the physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL). According to unofficial results, 172 people voted “yes” and 15 voted “no” in the April 2 special election. 

Superintendent Dale Crozier said the levy is simply a continuation of an existing revenue source the district has had for the past 16 years. Nothing new is being added. 

The levy consists of a combination of property tax on all the taxable property in the district, as well as a physical plant and equipment income surtax upon the state individual income tax of each individual income taxpayer resident in the district. According to a resolution adopted by the MFL MarMac school board earlier this year, the percent of income surtax would not exceed 4 percent. Taxation would not exceed $1.34 per $1,000 of assessed property value in any one tax year. The levy will commence in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022, and be authorized annually for up to 10 years. 

Crozier has described PPEL as the district’s “bread and butter,” its “foundation,” and said it’s important for the long-term continuation of programs. Over the years, PPEL funding has helped complete upgrades to infrastructure and transportation, as well as technology and accounting systems. 

Moving forward, MFL MarMac will use PPEL funds to expand the elementary school bathrooms and enhance the elementary front entrance and circle drive, where parents drop their kids off. Crozier said these updates will also improve overall safety and security at the school.  

In addition, funds will go toward projects like LED lighting upgrades and roof replacements, along with school safety measures like door locks and other locking and security systems. 

“It is a constant process,” Crozier previously noted, “but the PPEL funds allow us to maintain older facilities, which we have been able to convert into modern use. The plan is to continue this exact process, which has been working for us.”  

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