CLINTON — For the second time in less than a year, the Clinton School Board is asking voters to renew the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy for another 10 years.

The board voted unanimously Monday to set March 7 as the date when voters will cast ballots on the measure. The proposition to renew the PPEL at the current rate was defeated by 54 votes during the Sept. 13 school board election.

The voter-approved levy is a combination of a 2 percent income surtax and a 24 cents per $1,000 of property evaluation. If renewed, the levy will provide the school district with approximately $433,000 per year for building repair and maintenance.

Although the entire board was in support of moving forward with the vote, some concerns were raised when Clinton School District Superintendent Randy Clegg asked the board to adopt a revised PPEL priority list that would include repairs and updates to the Clinton High School Little Theatre at an estimated cost of $400,000.

The “to do” list also includes $2 million to be set aside for athletic facilities development; roofing, masonry and pavement repair; life safety and energy conservation projects and computer lab, domestic piping and univent replacement at CHS.

An estimated total cost for all the improvement would be $6.4 million for the 10-year period.

As a new board member, Dave Frett questioned the $2 million earmarked for athletic facilities development.

“There is no breakdown at this point as to what this money is going to be used for,” Frett said. “In reviewing all the materials I was given, I thought that there were other issues that could possibly use that money instead of athletic facilities development.”

Frett explained he is not against improving athletic facilities and knows that it is something that needs to be done but “until we have a better idea of what the $2 million... is going to go for, maybe we shouldn’t be looking at that at this point and offering a lower tax rate to the public,” Frett told the board.

But board member Jim Bruhn said there would be a comprehensive plan developed in regard to the athletic facilities development.

“This would not be a big enough number ($2 million) to do a comprehensive renovation... but we’d be looking for the booster club and others in the community to propose a plan that would equal or double that amount,” Bruhn told Frett.

Bruhn thinks the entire project will cost $5 million to $6 million with the majority of that money coming from private resources.

But again Frett said his basic concern was “allocating too many dollars with not knowing where that money is going at this point.”

Board member Debra Olsen said the $400,000 allocated to Cook Theatre was recommended because the theater is used heavily by the community.

“The theater, as I understand it, is going to cost about $800,000,” Olsen said. “Again we are looking to allocate $400,000 in PPEL funds and trying to find community matching funds for the remaining $400,000 to complete that renovation project.”

Olsen said the theater project would benefit the community as well as the students.

In a 4 to 2 vote, the board adopted the revised PPEL priority list. Frett and board member Wendy Krajnovich voted against the revision. Board member Bruce Ingham was absent.