UNION, W. Va. (WVNS)– A fire levy renewal in Monroe County does not pass in the 2018 West Virginia Primary Election.
The fire levy had roughly 55% of the vote, but needed 60% of the vote to pass. Since the fire levy did not have enough votes to pass, it will not go into effect starting July 1, 2019.
“It will be very difficult for the fire departments to buy new equipment, to fund workers compensation, and other things. It’s so costly now to maintain a fire department. They will have to raise money locally, ” Bill Shiflet, member of the Greenbrier County Economic Development, said.
The Monroe County Commission hopes to put the fire levy back on the ballot in November.