LEWISBURG, W. Va. (WVNS) – With the May Primary election drawing closer, the Greenbrier County school board is working to inform the public about the upcoming school levy.
Voters in Greenbrier County have voted ‘yes’ for the school excess levy every time it has been on the ballot since 1974. Every five years the levy requires renewal. With the current levy expiring in June of 2019, the levy on the May 8th ballot will continue the expiring levy, to provide funding for the next five years.
Superintendent Jeff Bryant explained how the levy would affect the wallets of those living in the county.
“It’s what we call a 50 percent levy. We are not asking for an increase at all from our taxpayers, citizens, and supporters. It will remain 50 percent so they will not see any increase in that rate,” Bryant said.
Christy Clemons-Rodgers, Coordinator for grants, partnerships, and communications, said funding from the levy provides school safety and security services, technology resources, as well as art and music activities, and many other programs.
“It makes a difference in the lives of our students, we have about 4,900 students in our schools. The levy affects each of our students at our 13 schools in some way,” Clemons-Rodgers said.
Bryant said to continue providing the best education possible for all students, the levy is essential.
“It’s important to get out and vote, to ensure that the levy continues for another 5 years. Let’s continue that. We’ve been ranked as one of the best school systems in the state of West Virginia. Levy funds are essential to the continuing to do that,” Bryant said.
Early voting continues until Saturday, May 5th, 2018 at the County Clerks Office.