School Levy Fails in Cedar Rapids: Westercamp Re-elected to School Board

By Meryn Fluker, Reporter

Dave Gribble of rural Cedar Rapids votes in the Cedar Rapids school board election at the Education Leadership and Support Center in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The waiting game will continue for building upgrades in the Cedar Rapids Community School District, as voters have rejected a measure to double the district’s Physical Plant and Equipment Levy. The ballot question asked residents to raise the rate to $1.34 per $1,000 in taxable valuation, from the current rate of 67 cents per $1,000, for 10 years beginning July 1, 2015.

Additional revenue from the property tax increase would have allowed the district to move forward on an $8.5 million enhanced facilities master plan that includes repairs and maintenance at all district schools.

Voters sent Keith Westercamp back for a sixth term on the school board, favoring him over challenger Lawrence Wenclawski in the election’s lone contested race. Westercamp will continue to represent District 3, which includes Hiawatha and Robins.

Incumbents Nancy Humbles and Gary Anhalt, who both ran unopposed, will retain their seats on the board. Humbles represents District 2 while Anhalt is an at-large member of the board. It will be the second term for both Humbles and Anhalt, who were first elected in 2009.

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