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A-R to decide PERL

By Staff | Mar 13, 2008

Voters in the Armstrong-Ringsted Community School District will decide whether to approve a school levy for playground equipment and other purposes April 8.

The A-R Board of Education Monday received petitions and approved a resolution for a Playground Equipment Recreation Levy of 13.5 cents per $1,000. Money raised could go to help upgrade and maintain playground equipment, parks, and swimming pools in the district. The levy would raise $17,300.

Superintendent Randy Collins said funds could be split between different groups — toward the pool in Armstrong, playground in Ringsted, or to pay for shuttling children from Ringsted to the Armstrong pool.

Collins said the levy requires a simple majority of voter approval and the exact use can change yearly. He said he has spoken with both city councils in Armstrong and Ringsted and wants to further discuss needs in each community.

While there is no sunset provision for the levy, if members of the public wish to rescind the levy once it is in place they can do so with a petition to discontinue it.

“There’s really quite a little flexibility,” with the PERL, Collins said. “We see this as a neat approach to create a partnership between the Armstrong and Ringsted city councils.”