CHARLESTON, W. Va. – A coalition of Kanawha County leaders and educators is encouraging voters to support the excessive levy of Kanawha County schools ahead of this fall’s general election.
The Vote Yes for Schools campaign began its outreach efforts on Wednesday. The group includes leaders from Kanawha County schools as well as Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin, South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens and Nicole Christian of the Charleston Area Alliance.
“We have tried to put together a team of supporters who represent each of the high schools and the feeding zones of those high schools in Kanawha County,” said Adam Krason, co-chair of the Vote Yes on Schools campaign. “In doing so, we contacted the municipalities, the county, all the political organizations, as well as the chamber of commerce to see if they would offer their support. So far they certainly have.
The excess tax funds about a quarter of the Kanawha County schools budget. Voters will consider whether to extend the levy, which has existed since 1937 and covers the costs of maintenance, facility upgrades and certain staff positions. The school system stands to lose $64 million of its operating budget if voters do not support the excess levy.
“The levy is not a new tax, and it’s not a tax increase,” Krason said.
The Charleston City Council on Monday approved a resolution indicating the body’s support for the tax extension.
Election day is November 8.