EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWAYNE LEVY FAILS
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Wayne Levy Fails In Special Election
Reported by: Dave Benton
Videographer: Tiersa Davis
Web Producer: Dave Benton
Reported: Dec. 17, 2012 7:12 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 18, 2012 8:58 AM EST
Kenova , Wayne County , West Virginia
The votes are in, and the people of Wayne County said no to a school bond levy. If passed, $53 million would have been used to build, renovate and add astro-turf to three high school football fields.
The levy failed by 2,500 votes.
"I had hoped for a win, but it was in the hands of the people and that's just how the process goes," Wayne County Schools Assistant Superintendent Lynn Hurt said.
Some folks who voted against the levy said they did so because $3 million of the $53 million would have been wasted on an unneeded astro-turf for football fields. Hurt said that is probably not the only reason. "When you talk about increasing someone's federal taxes and that's what we're facing now on a national level, plus, some people may not have children in school or the upgrades may not be in their community," Hurt said. "There are a lot of different reasons out there."
Details of the bond were created by the people during community meetings back in the spring.
Hurt said the next step is for the school board and central office to figure out is a strategy for the school system and its needs.
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