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Berkeley County votes to expand commission

November 05, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Berkeley County residents overwhelmingly voted to increase the size of the county governing board responsible for oversight of a number of day-to-day county operations and balancing the county's budget, which now is more than $20 million.

Of 34,546 ballots cast with a response to the nonpartisan question, 66.5 percent voted in favor of expanding the county commission to five members and changing its name to the "Berkeley County Council." Thirty-three percent voted against it, according to complete, but unofficial, results released Tuesday night by John W. Small Jr.'s office.

With the vote, the current three-member Berkeley County Commission will become a five-member Berkeley County Council in January 2011 elected from five political districts, instead of three. The additional seats will be filled in the 2010 general election.

In Morgan County, the school levy question passed easily with 3,807 in favor and 2,852 against.

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