Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Special Election Tuesday June 27th

Tuesday June 27th there is a special election to vote on the revenue purpose statement for North Butler Community Schools. This is a renewal of a policy that we already have in place and allows us to use our SAVE (one cent sales tax) and our Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) for the purposes described below

Money received by the North Butler Community School District from the State of Iowa in the Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) fund may be spent for any one or more of the following purposes:

To provide funds for property tax relief (Which we are doing at $200,000 a year for the traditional Greene district residents).

To provide funds to build and furnish a new school building or buildings; to build and furnish addition(s) to school buildings in the District; to remodel, repair, expand, and improve the school buildings in the District; to purchase and improve grounds; for demolition work; to furnish and equip district facilities.

To provide funds for the purchase, lease or lease-purchase of buildings, equipment (including transportation and recreation equipment), or technology, as authorized by law, to implement energy conservation measures, sharing or rental of facilities, procuring or acquisition of libraries, or opening roads to schoolhouses or buildings.

To provide funds for emergency repairs to respond to natural disasters, such as fire, wind damage, flood; unanticipated mechanical, plumbing, structural, roof, electrical system failures; environmental remediation; or to respond to changes in demographics that require construction of additions or improvements to school buildings or new school buildings.

To provide funds to establish and maintain public recreation places and playgrounds; provide for supervision and instruction for recreational activities; or for community education purposes; and other authorized expenditures and purposes as now or hereafter permitted by law and designated by the North Butler Community School District.

To provide funds for the payment of principal and interest or retirement of general obligation bonds issued for school infrastructure purposes, energy improvement loans, loan agreements authorized by Iowa Code section 297.36, sales, service and use tax revenue bonds issued under Iowa Code section 423E.5.

A no vote on that referendum would leave the district in a very vulnerable place as far as maintenance and upkeep on our facilities and transportation needs. This WILL NOT have any effect on property tax.

Please vote in favor of the North Butler Community Schools Revenue Purpose Statement on June 27th!