The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

February 4, 2014

BREAKING: Easton Valley Ballot Measures Pass

By Brenden West
Assistant Editor

---- — MILES — Based on unofficial results from the Jackson County Auditor's office, the Easton Valley Community School District has received voter authority for both a $1.34 Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) and to 1 percent state sales tax revenues.

The two ballot measures, which appeared before voters at the Miles City Hall voting precinct, needed simple majorities in order to be approved. Measure A — the PPEL — passed with 54 percent of the vote (unofficially). Measure B — the sales tax — received more votes, carrying 60 percent voter approval.

"We are very pleased with the results of the election," said district superintendent Robert Lagerblade, calling Tuesday's results "fantastic news."

"That's an obvious statement. The board may make plans for the future with a better idea of funds in the future."

Lagerblade didn't indicate what exactly those plans will be. The school board will receive presentations from two architect firms later this month to contemplate possible facility needs, starting Feb. 17.

With the PPEL, Easton Valley now has the authority to increase its tax asking by up $1.34 per $1,000 in assessed property value. The revenues gained from the PPEL must go toward infrastructural upgrades. Throughout Iowa, PPEL funds are commonly used to finance school facility construction projects.

Estimated voter turnout was 1,091 or 34.91 percent with 117 absentee votes.

Read tomorrow's Clinton Herald or visit ClintonHerald.com for more details about the election.