Voters will be asked to approve a physical plant and equipment tax levy (PPEL) not to exceed $1.34 per $1,000 of taxable property value within the district on September 8, the story stated.
According to the story, Urbandale, which spent more than $52 million on a four-year project to rebuild the Urbandale High School
on 36 acres of land, is the only area school district without a voter-approved PPEL.
The money collected would be used to address $19.5 million in maintenance needs, as identified in a 10-year facilities assessment report prepared by DLR Group
, that have been deferred over several years because of lack of money and the need for newer buildings, the story noted.
Urbandale High School parent Nick Hanson said: "I want quality schools, but I still need to determine what impact this new tax levy will have on the family budget. I am leaning toward approving it. The district has been responsible with their property taxes."
Though the district will collect money from a penny-per-dollar statewide sales tax over 20 years starting July 1, 2010, Board of Directors
members have already planned to borrow against that money to pay for roughly $22 million in additions and renovations at the Urbandale Middle School
and Webster Elementary School
, the story added.