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Next week, residents of the Bettendorf School District will be asked to renew a levy.

The Physical Plant and Equipment Levy, or PPEL, provides 2.3 million dollars yearly to the district.
Brietta Collier is the Director of Finance and Business Services.

"That's used for our classroom rejuvenation project, our buses, maintenance vehicles; all of our technology- so all of the Promethium boards, the laptops, the iPads- that we have in our district, those are all funded through this voter-approved PPEL."

Collier says the levy has been in affect since 1975, at the same level since 2003, and is renewed every 10 years.

"... of the 2.3 million dollars that we receive, we allocate 2 million dollars to those items. If the levy were not renewed, we would have some very tough decisions to make."

With the accumulated savings from the PPEL, the Bettendorf School District can afford additional unforeseen maintenance.

The special election will be held on Tuesday with polls open from 7 AM to 8 PM.

Susanna Kemerling is WVIK Quad Cities NPR's 2022 Fellowship Host/Reporter. She graduated from Northern Illinois University for Media Studies in Communication and spent the last year working as a Teaching Assistant through the graduate program at NIU.