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An Important Message from our Superintendent, Mr. Hissem

Dear Van Buren County,


This November, the Van Buren County Community School District will be asking the patrons of our district to vote on the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL). The first thing I want you to know is that this levy has been in place since 1975 and has remained the same throughout its duration($ .67 per $1,000).


There are 2 types of PPEL (Physical Plant and Equipment Levy) Board Approved and Voter Approved.  The school Board can approve up to ($.33 per $1 ,000) of valuation and this goes before the Board every 5 years.  The Voter approved PPEL can be up to $1.33 per $1,000 of taxable valuation and is voted on every 1O years.   We are not asking to raise taxes, only asking for you to

approve the same $0.67 per $1,000 that you have approved since 1975. This generated $281,925 for the 19-20 school year (voter approved) and $135,858 (Board approved).


PPEL monies have helped the district purchase phone systems, accounting software, bus repairs, HVAC repairs, tuckpointing, security and camera systems, a new greenhouse, elevator upgrades, as well as several other important items.


Again this is NOT a tax increase merely an extension of past practice. Thank you for supporting Van Buren County Community School District by getting to the polls and placing your vote.


Warrior Pride County Wide,



Jeremy Hissem, Superintendent