BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (WV News) — Renewal of a five-year, $16 million levy that expires June 30 will be on the ballot this fall in Upshur County.
Public meetings to answer questions about the levy will be held on the following dates:
5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hodgesville Elementary School.
5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at French Creek Elementary School.
5:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Washington District Elementary.
The levy raises approximately $3,248,000 annually and is 9% of Upshur County Schools’ annual budget. The levy pays for instructional supplies, technology access, capital improvements and maintenance, contracted services, annual passes for students and families, student accident insurance, substitute employees and entrance for students, veterans and seniors to school-sponsored events, officials said.
The levy also supports community services including county libraries, 4-H and Extension service and the Stockert Youth Center, officials said.
“The levy is an integral part of our general operating budget and keeps our schools running smoothly while also providing essential school materials to our students. Levies are for learning,” Superintendent Dr. Debra Harrison said.
Forty-three of West Virginia’s 55 counties have voter-approved excess levies, and 24 of those levies are above the Upshur County tax rate. Upshur County ranks 25th among West Virginia counties in local taxpayer contributions to education.
The School Excess Levy Election will be held during the General Election on Nov. 8, with polls open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Early voting will be held Oct. 22 through Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Saturday voting Oct. 20 and Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.