Pleasants County excess levy on Tuesday ballot

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ST. MARYS, W.Va.-(WTAP) Voters in Pleasants County Tuesday will decide whether to continue an excess levy for that county's school system.

The levy that has been in effect since 1954, raises more than $3 million a year for the school system. It was last renewed five years ago.

More than half of the revenues pay for employee salaries, but it also helps fund other programs.

"It helps fund the public library, Boys and Girls Club, 4H, after-school tutoring," says Superintendent Michael Wells. "This levy is critical for our kids, because we provide a lot of instructional staffing and programs, more importantly, for our kids."

The levy rate remains the same as in the past.

As was the case with Wood County's levy, which is also on the ballot Tuesday, Pleasants County's Board of Education decided to put the issue on the general election ballot this time, to save election costs.