OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – Fayette County voters are getting a chance to decide whether to extend an almost 50-year-old education tax levy another five years.
If it passes, it will mean an extra $10 million a year for the school system.
Election Day is Saturday 1/20 from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Click here if you need help finding your polling place.
As in any election, some residents and for, and others against. Many think the schools need the money, while others point to the shortcomings of West Virginia schools in general and ask, is the money doing any good?
“One thing we’ve tried to stress through this whole process is that there will not be an increase in taxes,” Superintendent Terry George told WV MetroNews. “Community members, citizens in Fayette County will not pay anymore or any additional tax if this levy is continued and renewed. Everything stays the same.”
Here’s how the funds will be used:
• $823,000 to provide textbooks
• $650,000 for universal feeding
• $180,000 for student security
• $225,000 for instructional support
• $26,500 for public library support
• $85,000 for student activities and athletics
• $60,000 for music support
• $25,000 for art support
• $120,000 for reading support
• Over $1 million towards a 21st Century Technical Curriculum
• $1.3 million towards building maintenance and capitol improvements
• $2.5 million towards professional salary support
• $1 million towards service salary support.