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School levy heading for approval

November 08, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - An excess property tax levy that generates about $15 million a year to help increase teacher salaries in Jefferson County and pay for other school needs was heading to victory in Tuesday's general election.

Passage of the levy, which has been in effect since 1946, required a simple majority, and with 14 of 30 precincts reporting Tuesday night, the levy had garnered a little more than 70 percent of the vote, according to unofficial, incomplete results. According to results, 2,445 people voted for the levy and 1,019 people voted against it.

The excess property tax levy that expires this year generates thousands of dollars of extra pay for teachers, school officials have said. It also pays for textbooks and instructional materials, helps fund local libraries, helps pay for nurses in schools and helps fund maintenance to schools, school officials said.

For a taxpayer who owns a house that is appraised at $250,000, the levy costs about $650 a year, school officials said.

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