PPEL Renewal

Here are the polling locations for the PPEL Renewal Vote Tuesday, December 6. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Precinct 1: Eagle's Club, 2125 W Lone Tree Road (East Entrance)
Precinct 2: Cedar Falls City Hall, 220 Clay Street
Precinct 3: Church Of Christ, 2727 W 4th Street
Precinct 4: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4000 Hudson Road
Precinct 5: Trinity Bible Church, 125 Orchard Drive
Precinct 6: Cedar Heights Community Presbyterian Church, 2015 Rainbow Drive
Precinct 7: St Timothy's United Methodist Church, 3220 Terrace Drive
Precinct 8: Heartland Vineyard Church, 1405 Greenhill Road

If voters have questions about their city precinct location they may refer to their voter card, the county website:
www.co.black-hawk.ia.us or contact the Election Office at: 833-3007.

Pct. 1 – Eagles Club, 2125 W Lone Tree Rd, rear entrance
(This includes CFSD voters in Cedar Falls precincts of: CF W1 P1, & the townships of Mt Vernon, Washington &
Union.)
Pct. 2 – Cedar Falls City Hall, 220 Clay St, council chambers
(This includes CFSD voters in Cedar Falls precincts of: CF W1 P2 & CF W1 P3.)
Pct. 3 – Church of Christ, 2727 W 4th St
(This includes CFSD voters in the Cedar Falls precincts of: CF W3 P1, CF W3 P2, & CF W3 P3.)
Pct. 4 – Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4000 Hudson Rd
(This includes CFSD voters in Cedar Falls precincts of: CF W2 P1, CF W2 P2, CF W4 P3 and Cedar Falls Twp.)
Pc.t 5 – Trinity Bible Church 125 Orchard Dr.
(This includes CFSD voters in the Cedar Falls precincts of: CF W5 P2 & CF W5 P3.)
Pct. 6 – Cedar Heights Community Presbyterian Church, 2015 Rainbow Dr.
(This includes CFSD voters in the Cedar Falls precincts of: CF W4 P1 & CF W4 P2.)
Pct. 7 – St Timothy’s United Methodist Church, 3220 Terrace Dr.
(This includes CFSD voters in the Cedar Falls precincts of: CF W5 P1) and
(This includes CFSD voters in the Waterloo precincts of: WL W3 P1 & WL W1 P1.)
Pct. 8 – Heartland Vineyard Church, 1405 Greenhill Road
(This includes CFSD voters in the Cedar Falls precinct of: CF W2 P3) and
(This includes CFSD voters in the Waterloo precinct of: WL W1 P2.)

Renewing the PPEL will not increase property taxes
Continuation of the levy that has been in place for the past 60 years, since March, 1950
Takes a simple majority to pass (50%)
Vote date is Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Voters vote at their school polling location: http://www.co.black-hawk.ia.us/212/Polling-Locations-List
Find Your Voting Precinct Data by Address or Precinct http://www2.co.black-hawk.ia.us/website/bhmap/pollingplaces.htm

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What is the Physical Plant & Equipment Levy (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.

How does the passage of the PPEL affect me?
Renewal of this levy will not increase your property taxes. The district is asking for approval to continue the voter-approved rate that has been in effect for the past 60 years so that we may continue to use the funding in our maintenance and upgrades plan.

Can the PPEL program be used to offset shortages in the district’s general fund?
No, the PPEL revenues cannot be used for salaries, textbooks, or new educational programs. the requirements for the use of the PPEL funds are very specific and limited to maintenance, technology, and equipment.

What are some examples of how the PPEL has been used?
PPEL funds have been used for the District’s technology plan, which provides Chromebooks to all secondary students. It has also been used for building maintenance such as masonry repairs, concrete and asphalt repairs and replacements, and energy conservation improvements, as well as, maintaining and improving school grounds and purchasing school transportation vehicles, such as buses and vans.

What is the difference between the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) and the State One Cent Sales and Service Tax Program?
For Cedar Falls Community School District, PPEL funds are used for maintenance, vehicle and technology purchases; and the State One Cent Sales Tax is used for facility improvements.

How many school districts in Iowa have a PPEL?
Currently 244 out of 338, or over 72%, of school districts in Iowa have a voted PPEL in place.

How can 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:

-Repairing, remodeling, reconstructing, improving, or expanding the schoolhouses or buildings and additions to existing schoolhouses.
-Purchase and improvement of grounds.
-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.
-Purchase of transportation equipment for transporting students.
-Procuring or acquisition of library facilities.
-Expenditures for energy conservation.
-Rental of facilities.
-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.
-Revenues may not be used for employee salaries or travel; supplies; printing costs or media services; or for any other purpose not expressly authorized by Iowa Code.

Why a special election?
State law requires a vote on whether to renew this levy every 10 years.

Who can vote?
Any registered voter, 18 years old or older, a resident of the Cedar Falls School District, can vote.

If PPEL is renewed:
Tax rate will not increase due to passage
Facilities can be repaired and sustained as issues arise
Funding is available for District Technology Plan
Ability to equip school facilities with additional security equipment
Ability to use PPEL to respond to emergencies when needed
Ability to make timely safety, security and comfort improvements; all of which impact student learning
Well maintained school buildings, athletic facilities, and grounds are an essential part of our school community.

If the PPEL is not renewed:
Deferred repairs on schools facilities
Student computer purchases placed on hold due to lack of funds
Any emergency repairs would put strain on the district budget
Decreased ability to make timely safety and security improvements
Rerunning of the PPEL election at the next possible election date

Absentee Ballot Request Form December 6.pdf