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May 9, 2018 GMT

HUNTINGTON — Cabell County Schools’ excess levy has receiving overwhelming support in the countywide vote, with 60 of 71 precincts reporting. At press time, 7,962 votes had been cast to support the levy, compared to 2,479 against.

The excess levy funds a broad scope of the school district’s expenses, including salaries and benefits for professional and service personnel, athletics, learning materials like textbooks and digital resources, costs to pay for substitutes, building construction repair, new equipment and outside contracted services.

Levy rates remain unchanged, meaning no additional burden to the county’s taxpayers.

Since 1954, the excess levy has been passed regularly by public support every five years and now equates to more than 20 percent of the district’s operating budget — $24.1 million annually, or $120.6 million over the five-year life of the levy. If approved, the renewed levy would help fund the school district for fiscal years 2020 through 2024.

The levy also allocates annual funding for the Cabell County Public Library ($1.5 million) and the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District ($455,229) as it has for decades under mandates by the West Virginia Legislature.