The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

February 6, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013


Who does levy benefit? Not the students!

Fayette County school levy — who benefits most? Not the students!

Will your taxes increase? Yes! Property assessments increase almost every year and with the increase in assessments your tax burden also increases.

This levy has increased by $8,698,485 annually, to $46,356,225 for the next covered period. Of this levy, the last three line items account for almost half of the levy monies. — professional salary support, $2,358,000; service employee support, $1,177,000; employee dental/vision insurance 780,000; textbooks $823,000

Many taxpayers are now losing their homes because they can’t pay their taxes, especially seniors and low income citizens. Yet these people who do not have this insurance for themselves or their children are being forced into providing it for school and board employees.

Our school system has been taken over by the West Virginia State BOE because of poor evaluation and performances, especially in special education. Our governor and state government have stepped in to try to improve our county. Money is not the answer .

Why are we having a special election for this levy at a cost of approximately $100,000?

It should have been on the last November ballot. Our county school system was afraid it would not pass when the voter turnout was good as it was in the general election. They have posted it for a special election on Feb. 9, 2013.

So, please go out and vote. Public disclosure of the levy has not been offered, so take time to look over the allotments of the funds.

This one is not for the kids.

Gertie Smith



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