September 10, 2019 West Branch School District Special Election

The West Branch School District will hold a special election on three ballot issues on September 10. Voters whose US addressis in the West Branch School District are eligible.

Ballot Issues

PROPOSITION C (60% required)

Shall the Board of Directors of the West Branch Community School District in the Counties of Cedar and Johnson, State of Iowa, be authorized to contract indebtedness and issue General Obligation Bonds in an amount not to exceed $19,500,000 to provide funds to build, furnish and equip an addition to (including an auditorium addition) and remodel, repair and improve the high school facility and improve the site?

PROPOSITION D (60% required)

Shall the Board of Directors of the West Branch Community School District in the Counties of Cedar and Johnson, State of Iowa, be authorized to levy annually a tax exceeding Two Dollars and Seventy Cents ($2.70) per Thousand Dollars ($1,000), but not exceeding Three Dollars and Twenty Five Cents ($3.25) per Thousand Dollars ($1,000) of the assessed value of the taxable property within said school corporation to pay the principal of and interest on bonded indebtedness of said school corporation, it being understood that the approval of this proposition shall not limit the source of payment of the bonds and interest, but shall only operate to restrict the amount of bonds which may be issued?

PROPOSITION E (50% required)

Summary: To adopt a Revenue Purpose Statement specifying the use of revenues the West Branch Community School District will receive from the State of Iowa Secure an Advanced Vision for Education Fund on and after January 1, 2031.

In the West Branch Community School District the following Revenue Purpose Statement which specifies the use of revenues the West Branch Community School District will receive from the State of Iowa Secure an Advanced Vision for Education Fund on and after January 1, 2031 shall be adopted.

To provide funds for property tax relief.

To provide funds to acquire or install information technology infrastructure (including improving buildings or sites for the purpose of accessing broadband digital telecommunications) and school safety and security infrastructure.

To provide funds to build and furnish a new school building or buildings; to build and furnish addition(s) to school buildings in the District; to remodel, reconstruct, repair, expand, and improve the school buildings in the District; to purchase and improve grounds; for demolition work; to furnish and equip district facilities.

To provide funds for the purchase, lease or lease-purchase of buildings, equipment (including transportation and recreation equipment), or technology and to repair transportation equipment for transporting students as authorized by law, to implement energy conservation measures, sharing or rental of facilities including a joint infrastructure project for the purposes of offering classes under a district-to-community college as authorized in Iowa Code Section 423F.3(3)(c), procuring or acquisition of libraries, or opening roads to schoolhouses or buildings.

To provide funds to purchase land as part of start-up costs for new student construction program or if the sale of the previous student construction was insufficient to purchase land, and to purchase construction materials and supplies for a student-constructed building or shed intended to be retained by and used by the District. To provide funds to make payments to a municipality or other entity as required under Iowa Code Section 403.19(2).

To provide funds for demolition, cleanup, and other costs if such costs are necessitated by, and incurred within two years of, a disaster.

To provide funds to establish and maintain public recreation places and playgrounds; provide for supervision and instruction for recreational activities; or for community education purposes.

To provide funds for the payment of principal and interest or retirement of general obligation bonds issued for school infrastructure purposes, energy improvement loans, loan agreements authorized by Iowa Code Section 297.36, sales, service and use tax revenue bonds issued under Iowa Code Section 423E.5 or Iowa Code Section 423F.4; and

To provide funds for other authorized expenditures and purposes as now or hereafter permitted by law and designated by the West Branch Community School District.

It being understood that if this proposition should fail to be approved by the voters, such failure shall not be construed to terminate or restrict authority previously granted by the voters to expend receipts from the Secure an Advanced Vision for Education Fund.

If approved, this Revenue Purpose Statement shall remain in effect until replaced or amended by the West Branch Community School District.