The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 5, 2014

Our Readers Speak — Thursday, Feb. 5, 2014

Editor’s note: This letter is reprinted because some text was inadvertently omitted.

Levy funds not always fairly distributed

The reason citizens of Raleigh County are wary of levies is because it seems they are not fairly distributed, or so it seems when you look at your community and it has fallen short in the levy.

When they ask all of Raleigh County to pass a bond that will be seven or more years to pay, Raleigh County should get more out of it and not be left behind.

We passed a levy to help the firefighters. They volunteer without salaries, have old and used trucks, equipment that is old and not the best, and they deserve better. They serve all of Raleigh County and go to other areas to help their fellow firefighters. They have more fires to deal with, and they’re in more rural areas. They deserve the best and should not be short-changed.

We are facing a levy in February for schools paid for by Raleigh County taxpayers and voters. They told one area they would have a state-of-the-art school if the levy passed.

Let’s look outside of Beckley and see if you have a state-of-the-art school. Our area has inadequate classrooms, so they have class in trailers and teachers have to share classrooms during other teachers’ planning periods. The schools are too small and overcrowded, and the materials are not up-to-date enough to help the students advance.

It seems schools outside of the Beckley area are not state-of-the-art worthy. That is why Raleigh County voters are levy-wary.

Carole Williams

Shady Spring