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School levy on Dec. 4 ballot in GMG district

November 10, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

While the general election is now in the past, the GMG School District wants to remind its residents that voting is not done for the year.

The district will be asking for an extension of its Physical Plant and Equipment Levy on the ballot during a Dec. 4 vote.

The PPEL levy provides funds for the school district to be used mainly on improvements to the buildings and grounds, and the purchasing of technology, buses and equipment.

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The current levy of 67 cents per thousand dollars of assessed property valuation in the district expires in June 2013. GMG is asking this level is maintained for the next 10 years and the district has been working with a voter-approved PPEL for the past 10 years.

"We want to continue the PPEL so we can continue to make improvements at both (school) buildings and on our athletic facilities," said GMG Superintendent Ben Petty. "And there always seems to be a need to update our technology. This allows us to have the ability to continue that funding source."

Petty said without this PPEL funding source it would present more challenges in trying to keep the facilities in good shape in the future.

A simple majority of 50 percent plus one vote is needed of "yes" for the measure to pass.

The current voter-approved PPEL will generate $80,800 this year for the school district.



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