Debate Over Excess Levy Heats Up

By: Rahel Solomon Email
By: Rahel Solomon Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The public will soon decide the outcome of a highly contentious debate over an excess levy in Kanawha County. A special election for the issue is scheduled Saturday, Nov. 9.

Supporters of an excess levy -- or an additional tax -- gathered Monday to advocate the $24 million increase.

“If it's a no vote, we're going to have serious problems,” said Mike Albert, president of the Kanawha County Library Board of Directors.

School Board President Pete Thaw is critical of the tax.

“The people in this county are taxed up to their eyebrows,” Thaw told

Though Albert says if the increase is not approved, the lack of funding would cripple the public library system as well as send the board of education into a deficit.

Thaw says he’s unconvinced.

“The negative impact on the library could be solved if they would just get real about their personal services,” Thaw said.

Both sides of the argument are urging the public to vote Nov. 9 in the special election.

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