Upshur BOE releases information on upcoming levy renewal vote

BUCKHANNON – The Upshur County Board of Education authorizes the renewal of additional levies will be on the Nov. 8 ballot, a $16 million five-year levy that expires June 30, 2023.  

The levy raises approximately $3,248,000 annually and is 9 percent of the Upshur County Schools annual budget. The levy allows the continuation of instructional supplies, technology access, capital improvements and maintenance, contracted services, annual passes for students and families, student accident insurance, substitute employees and entrance for students, veterans and seniors to school-sponsored events. 

The levy also supports community services including county libraries, 4-H and Extension service and Stockert Youth Center. 

Upshur County Interim Superintendent, Dr. Debra Harrison shares, “The levy is an integral part of our general operating budget and keeps our schools running smoothly while also providing essential school materials to our students. Levies are for learning.” 

Currently 43 of West Virginia’s 55 counties have voter approved excess levies and 24 of those levies are above the Upshur County tax rate. Upshur County currently ranks 25th among WV counties in local taxpayer contributions to education. 

Public Meetings to answer questions about the levy will be held the following dates: 

  • September 27, 5:30 pm at Hodgesville Elementary School 
  • October 11, 5:30 pm at French Creek Elementary School 
  • October 25, 5:30 pm at Washington District Elementary School 

The School Excess Levy Election will be held during the General Election on November 8, 2022 with polls open 6:30 am to 7:30 pm. Early Voting will be held October 22 through November 5 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm with Saturday voting October 20 and November 5 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

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