Wetzel County Passes BOE Levy
According to Wetzel County Schools Superintendent Ed Toman, the school excess levy renewal has passed with 1,068-118 in favor of the levy. Toman stated, “We are just so pleased with Wetzel County for the support of their school system.”
According to Wetzel County Schools’ officials, the only change in the levy is in the property values; the rates remain the same. Class I property is 22.95 cents per $100 worth of valuation; for Class II property, 45.9 cents; and for Class III and Class IV properties, 91.8 cents. Estimated annual revenues, less allowances for exonerations, discounts, and delinquent taxes total $15,470,146.
School officials stress that the excess levy will not increase the tax rates for Wetzel County citizens.
School officials have previously cited several WCS projects that have been accomplished thanks to the county’s continued support of the excess levy. These include the continual community schools, competitive salaries/benefits with neighboring counties (to help fill WCS vacancies), Short Line School’s music room, Magnolia High School’s meats lab, Paden City High School’s classroom renovations, Hundred High School’s greenhouse, and New Martinsville School’s playground.
Furthermore, levy support has attributed to security upgrades – including shatter-proof glass and lock-down capabilities – at all schools.
Levy funds have also supported WCS’s 1:1 technology initiative – allowing each student to have a laptop or similar device. Furthermore, levy funds have supported upgrades in infrastructure, required to support the technology initiative.
Levy funds have allowed the implementation of nurses in every attendance area, along with the implementation of two social workers.
Pending a canvass, the levy election results are unofficial.