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Kanawha Safety Levy for first responder funding passes

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Published: May. 8, 2018 at 9:19 PM EDT
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The votes are in and the Kanawha Safety Levy has passed, according to unofficial returns.

The levy funds dozens and dozens of ambulance agencies, volunteer fire departments, local police departments, sheriff detachments and more.

According to the Kanawha County Commission, the levy already has 84 percent approval from voters with 36 percent of the precincts reporting about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday. The commission is declaring the levy a success with passage.

“On behalf of all volunteer fire departments, law enforcement, the Kanawha County Ambulance Authority, the City of Charleston, and KRT the Kanawha County Commission wishes to thank the citizens for supporting the levy," Commission President Kent Carper said in a press release. "It’s a great day for public safety."

“It costs the average person less than it would cost a bottle of pop a day,” said Joe Lynch, executive director of the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority.

Lynch said it’s about 21 cents a day for the average homeowner in Kanawha County to support this levy, meaning just under $77 for the whole year.

The levy needed 60 percent of voters to approve it to continue.

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