On Tuesday, Sept. 10, Estherville Lincoln Central voters will go to the polls to help determine how their tax dollars are spent.
Public Measure B, which extends the voter-approved physical plant and equipment levy from $1 to $1.34, is intended to help replace money the district will lose from the commercial and industrial tax rollback approved by the 2013 Iowa Legislature. If voters do not approve the measure, the current levy of $1 will stay in place.
Public Measure C would extend from 2019 to 2029 the voter-approved penny sales tax.
The PPEL goes for physical plant and equipment while the penny sales tax can go for the construction, reconstruction, repair, demolition work, purchasing, or remodeling of schoolhouses, stadiums, gyms, fieldhouses, and bus garages and the procurement of schoolhouse construction sites."
ELC has put money from both sources to good use over the years, doing building repairs and technology updates. As the district faces relocating third and fourth grades from Roosevelt to the main campus - something that will be a net benefit for years down the road - it needs a dependable source of revenue for the project.
We see both issues as examples of how voters can determine local control of their tax dollars. Voting for or against these measures will do just that.
While it may seem that we have little control over property taxes in general, voters do have control in voting for these measures next Tuesday.
We hope voters think long and hard before they fill out their ballots. The future quality of our educational facilities - and education itself - could very well hang in the balance.