Voters narrowly deny school PERL levy

Friday, March 5, 2021

Residents in the Alta-Aurelia Community School District voted down a proposed Public Education and Recreation Levy by a narrow margin Tuesday. The vote was 139 yes (48%) and 143 no (52%).

The PERL levy vote was the first of its kind in Buena Vista County. Revenues from such a levy are used to establish and maintain public recreation places and playgrounds in the public school buildings and grounds of the district. PERL revenues can be used to provide public educational activities and community education.

Superintendent William Walters said, “Thank you to our stakeholders who voted in the PERL election. We will look at the election data and see how to proceed. The good news is we can use the information from this election to form a strategy for the years to come.

“The PERL is a new concept to this area,” Walters said. “We will continue to educate our stakeholders on the future needs of our district. Revenue sources, like the PERL levy, help ensure the financial future of a school district. Our students need everything we can provide for a safe and healthy environment.”