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Highland voters 0K PPEL extension

RIVERSIDE — Voters have decided to continue the Highland Community School District’s tax levy.

The physical plant and equipment levy received 205 votes in favor and 56 against.

The levy has a property tax rate of $1 per $1,000 assessed valuation as the previous PPEL approved in 2011. The current tax rate of $13.09 will remain.

Superintendent Ken Crawford said the approval was exciting for the district and extremely important

“I want to thank the community for the support because it is an important to the district,” he said.

The PPEL is intended to keep school infrastructure up to date.

According to the resolution approved by the board, the PPEL is used for:

• Purchasing and improving grounds

• Constructing, purchasing, repairing, reconstructing, improving or expanding school buildings,

• Purchasing technology and equipment,

• Purchasing libraries,

• Paying debts for constructed buildings,

• Paying expenditures for energy conservation,

• Renting facilities and

• Purchasing transportation or equipment.

A few examples of what the funding has been used for in the past are: building the athletic complex, constructing the current wastewater project, building the bus barn, buying buses, building a greenhouse and updating the school boilers.