EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSCHOOL FUNDING VOTES
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School Funding On Ballot In Two WV Counties
Reported by: Kallie Cart
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Feb. 10, 2013 11:13 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 11, 2013 12:56 AM EST
Fayette and Lincoln counties , West Virginia
Voters in two West Virginia Counties have been casting ballots on the issue of school funding.
Voters in Fayette County have once again approved an excess levy for schools. 71 percent of voters said yes to the levy, which will provide $9.3 million dollars each year for the school district.
It will run for five years.
Voter turnout was only a little more than 10 percent Saturday.
“It only required a simple majority vote, but when you have almost three quarters of your voting people supporting something, that shows that there's widespread support clear across the county in this case,” said Fayette County Clerk Kelvin Holliday.
Fayette County is currently in the middle of a facilities overhaul and some of the money from the levy will be used to update facilities and improve security at schools.
Meanwhile, early voting is underway in Lincoln County for a school building bond referendum.
The early voting started yesterday and the referendum will take place Feb. 23, according to the Lincoln Journal.
The bond is for $24 million. If it is approved, the school building authority will pitch in $17 million.
The money will be used for five projects - to build a new Midway-Duval Elementary school, a new Guyan Valley Middle School, additions at West Hamlin Elementary School and Harts pre-K through 8th grade and for new athletic facilities at Lincoln County High School.
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