Income Goal Statements Top Votes for BCLUW, Nashua-Plainfield School District | Education News

Income goal statements are the focus of voter referendums Tuesday in the Nashua-Plainfield and BCLUW Community School Districts.

Polling stations are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Both relate to how the statewide penny option sales tax for schools — whose district proceeds come from the state’s Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) fund — is spent.

In 2019, Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill extending the sales tax beyond its original end date of 2030 until 2050.

Beaman Conrad Liscomb Union Whitten Schools and Nashua-Plainfield Schools both need voter approval for statements before choosing how to spend additional funds. A simple majority vote in favor is required for passage.

“It just gives the district maximum flexibility in how they can use SAVE penny sales tax funds,” BCLUW Superintendent Ben Petty said.

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BCLUW Superintendent Ben Petty said most of the $540,000 annual revenue will go towards new buses and vans and updating its facilities.

The district plans to replace the lights at the high school baseball diamond, a project currently estimated at $300,000.

A second measure in Tuesday’s ballot will determine whether the district renews a portion of its physical plant and equipment tax. The PPEL allows additional financing of the property tax over a period of 10 years. The district already has this in place, but the period is coming to an end.

Accordingly, it will be up to the voters of the district to decide on the extension of the tax, which cannot exceed $1.34 per $1,000 of taxable property value.

Nashua-Plainfield, which receives about $650,000 a year in SAVE dollars, according to state estimates, plans to continue spending the money the same as in previous years.

“You don’t want to be encumbered with using everything on one thing,” Superintendent Todd Liechty pointed out. “You never know what surprises you are going to have.”

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But he would like to use the funds to sponsor the district’s new baseball and softball complex. It is expected to go out for tender in January and could cost around $3 million. The district also used the same source of funding to tie into its new Husky Wellness Center during its construction.

Nashua-Plainfield would use the funds for other infrastructure, technology and transportation improvements. But he said new school buses and the addition of a college were among their priorities.