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Special election day in Dunkerton Tuesday

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DUNKERTON (KWWL) Tuesday, voters in several eastern Iowa communities head to the polls for special elections, including Dunkerton.

The Dunkerton School District is asking voters to pass a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy or PPEL. PPEL money is generated through property tax dollars. It can be used for the upkeep of structures and to buy transportation equipment like school buses.

Dunkerton Community Schools Superintendent Jim Stanton hopes voters say "yes" to a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy or PPEL.

"We are looking at a new bus because our fleet is aging somewhat and we're also looking to up keep buildings. It's getting to the point some windows need to be replaced, front doors need to be replaced and a lot of energy saving things we can do to save us in the long run," said Stanton.

Stanton said energy efficiency is key because it means saving money years from now. Besides replacing windows and doors, the school also hopes to replace lights in the gym with the help of a kickback from MidAmerican Energy.

Stanton said it's all about maintenance on the current structure to keep it looking nice. If the PPEL passes, it will generate an additional $80,000 per school year for the next ten years. Tuesday's vote is an extension to a current PPEL.

"This is asking for an extension and we're asking for a little bit more. Right now we ask for 67 cents and we're now asking for $1.34," said Jim Stanton.

Stanton said if you own a $100,000 home, the additional 67 cents would cost you $67 a year or 18 cents a day.

If the measure passes, it takes effect July 1, 2010.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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