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Jefferson County briefs

October 02, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

Commissioners keeping an eye on table games



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Members of the Jefferson County Commission on Thursday talked about the importance of monitoring proposals in the Legislature this year that would allow casino table games at Charles Town Races & Slots.

Among the issues, it is important that some money from the games - if they are allowed at the track - be set aside for the needs of the growing Jefferson County school system, Commissioner Dale Manuel said.

Commissioner Jim Surkamp said it is important for commissioners to begin looking at proposed legislation early and to stay on top of it, since the proposals usually are lengthy.

Although local officials expect casino table game legislation to be considered in the Legislature when it convenes in January, they said no proposals have surfaced so far.

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A bill was considered in the last session of the Legislature to allow casino table games at the state's four racetracks, but it was criticized by lawmakers and other officials because it proposed to take away the rights of Jefferson County voters to control gaming at the track through elections.

Track officials have said they will consider supporting table games legislation that would allow county voters to put the games up for a vote five years after they are initially approved by voters.




Commission supports levy



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Commission members on Thursday agreed to draw up a resolution stating their support for a proposed renewal of an excess property tax levy for Jefferson County Schools.

During the Nov. 7 general election, school officials will ask county voters to renew the levy, which generates more than $15 million a year to help increase salaries for local teachers.

Salaries for Eastern Panhandle teachers is a big issue because of the large number of educators that leave local school systems for higher salaries in neighboring states.

In addition to drawing up the resolution, commission members discussed having the resolution published in local newspapers and having their picture taken to go along with the announcement.

The commissioners said the newspaper announcement would be paid for by commission members individually.

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