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PPEL increase rejected by FD voters

December 5, 2012
By BRANDON L. SUMMERS ( , Messenger News

Fort Dodge citizens Tuesday rejected an increase in the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy.

From 1,310 votes, a majority 726 were against the measure.

The Fort Dodge Community School District asked voters to renew the expiring 67 cent levy for another 10 years and also approve a 67 cent increase. With the school board-approved 33 cents, this will give the district the maximum $1.67 levy per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

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Nancy Herzberg, Webster County precinct election official, brings in the first votes for Tuesday’s special election on the physical plant and equipment levy.

The levy exclusively funds district building maintenance, transportation equipment and technology.

Doug Van Zyl, FDCSD superintendent, said he was disappointed by the outcome of the election.

Its difficult to take a look at something that benefits our community and benefits our schools and benefits our kids, and realize that people were against it, especially when the school district lowered taxes by almost two dollars, he said. We were just asking to regain some of that, which would be beneficial to us.

The FDCSD board will now have to decide how to make up for the loss in revenue, Van Zyl said.

Were already struggling to support many of the buildings that we have, he said. It will definitely be a challenge.

With the measure rejected, roughly two-thirds of the school districts $898,863 in levy funding will be lost.

The boards going to have to take a look at the election results, decide what else they need to take in dealing with the current loss, Van Zyl said.

According to Van Zyl, there is still time for another election before the current 10-year, 67-cent levy expires.

Theres still time before this current levy were to run out, and so (the board will) have to weigh all those decisions and decide how they want to go forward, he said.



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