AA tries PERL tax for a second time, on Nov. ballot

Friday, September 17, 2021

The Alta-Aurelia School Board unanimously approved a resolution Monday to place a Public Educational and Recreational Property Tax levy on the November general election ballot, with no discussion. The levy, if approved, could not exceed 13.5 cents per thousand dollars of property valuation.

Because no special election is needed, there will be no cost to the district.

Alta-Aurelia was one of relatively few districts in the state to pursue the tax earlier this year. In March, voters narrowly turned it down by a vote of 143 against to 139 in favor (49 percent).

PERL would have generated about $70,000 annually that could be used for before and after school programming, summer school, community education offerings and playground equipment. After a failed vote, districts must wait at least six months to try again.

The board indicated that it will continue to talk about methods of educating the public ahead of the upcoming vote.