The future of playgrounds, tracks, and tennis courts is up to residents in one local school district. Today, voters in the Bettendorf School District will decide whether to approve the Public Education & Recreation Levy, or PERL.
The proposed levy is 13.5 cents for every $1,000 in property value. It would pay for playground upgrades at 6 elementary schools and a new tennis court and track at Bettendorf High School.
Superintendent Theron Schutte proposed the levy when the district found out it would cost $1 million to make its 6 elementary school playgrounds safer and handicap accessible.
Voting will begin at 7 am at St. John Vianny Church and the Bettendorf City Hall.
The polls are open until 8 pm.