CAMANCHE — The Camanche Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) passed on Tuesday, with nearly 80 percent of voters voting in favor of the levy.

The unofficial results from Tuesday night indicated that 341 out of 427 voters voted in favor of the levy. The levy will allow the Camanche School District to levy $1.34 per $1,000 taxable value for certain projects. Superintendent Tom Parker, who stated his appreciation for everyone who voted, said the levy will not go into effect right away.

“The levy won’t happen until the summer of 2016, probably in June,” Parker said. “That is when the bonds from the elementary and high school will be paid off.”

Mike Dunn, Camanche School Board president, stated he was “very happy” with the results of the special election. He thanked the school district for supporting the levy to improve the quality of the school district and said it was an important thing to be passed.

“I think its real important going forward,” Dunn said. “There are things we haven’t been able to do that going forward that we will be able to get passed.”

The Camanche PPEL Supports Schools Committee was in agreement with Parker and Dunn that this levy is a good thing for the school district. Dan Srp, Co-Chairman of the committee and a former school board member, was impressed with the turnout. He said he and others in Camanche canvassed in order to get as many people to vote as possible but admitted they can never be sure how many people will decide to vote. Over 10 percent of all registered voters participated in the special election, and Srp stated that Camanche has a history of supporting these kinds of projects and is happy to have the support of the community. 

“I’m thrilled for the community,” Srp said. “The support was outstanding. The turnout was better than either of the school board elections and considering this was a special election I think that’s pretty neat.” 

Srp echoed Dunn’s comments about the necessity of some projects to be completed. He said that there are some projects the district has not completed because they wanted to wait to have the funds. The levy can be used for maintenance and improvement of buildings, equipment and grounds. Projects the levy could fund include parking lot repair at district buildings and updating school grounds.

The next step once the levy goes into effect will be for a Projects Committee to look at criteria and decide what projects the school district should proceed with. 

Herald Staff Writer John Rohlf can be reached at jrohlf@clintonherald.com.

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