On September 12, voters in the Union Community School District approved a physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL) by more than a two to one margin. The votes totaled 434 votes in favor, 204 against. 

The measure authorizes the Union Community School Board of Directors to levy up to $1.34/$1,000 assessed valuation in support of school infrastructure needs, equipment repairs and purchases related to maintaining school facilities. The district will generate those funds using a combination of property taxes and and an income surtax.

The voter-approved PPEL will remain in effect for 10 years, commencing with the 2019-20 school year. Each year, the school board will set the physical plant and equipment levy for the following year  when it certifies its budget in April. The actual levy can vary from year to year but never to exceed the $1.34/$1,000 assessed valuation cap approved by the voters.

Last week, voters also filled four seats on the Union School Board, with Kristi Martin, Darrell DeWinter and Kevin Sash elected to serve four year terms.Brandon Paine was also elected and will serve a two year term, completing the term of Joe Connolly’s vacated seat.