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PARKERSBURG (KWWL) -
The Aplington-Parkersburg school district will be able to pay for upgrades after voters approved a levy in Tuesday's special election.
The 2008 tornado forced the district to build a brand new high school, and while the town is proud of their speedy recovery and the new building, administrators say the unexpected build put a strain on funding other things.
"Some of that's long term debt, some of that's short term. Great things but it did kind of put us behind in our ability to purchase new technology, up to date technologies, keep our fleet of vehicles up to date," said Jon Thompson, superintendent.
Tuesday night voters approved and extended a Physical Plant and Equipment Property (PPEL) levy to help with those funds.
This means residents will pay 57 cents more per thousand dollars in taxable value. For a $100,000 home, about $28 per year.
Librarian Nancy Flanigan says it's worth it.
"Every day it's just increasing the technology and boy we just need to get right in there and I think that's the way the future for our kids when they graduate, they have to know how to use all these programs," said Nancy Flanigan, librarian.
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