The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 22, 2013

Early voting under way for fire levy measure

By Tina Alvey
Register-Herald Reporter

— Early voting will continue in Greenbrier County through Wednesday for the March 2 special election in which voters will decide the fate of a proposed fire levy.

If approved by at least 60 percent of voters casting ballots, the excess levy is expected to raise around $2 million per year to support the county’s 15 certified volunteer fire departments.

The money will primarily be earmarked for fire protection services, equipment and training, with a percentage of the funds raised going toward the establishment of an office for a county fire coordinator. The coordinator’s duties will include reviewing and determining appropriate expenditures from the levy funds for each fire department, as well as assisting in county-wide purchasing and planning.

On average, a Greenbrier County homeowner will pay an additional $48 per year in real estate taxes if the levy passes.

For additional information about the proposed levy, visit www.gcfera.org or look for the firefighters manning information tables Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kroger in Fairlea, Food Lion in White Sulphur Springs, IGA in Alderson and Kroger/Magic Mart in Rainelle.

Early voting is being conducted in the County Clerk’s office in the Greenbrier County Courthouse in Lewisburg. Today’s hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Voting will continue Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday next week during regular courthouse hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

According to poll workers at the clerk’s office, 201 voters cast ballots in the first 3 1/2 days of early voting, with turnout particularly heavy Wednesday.

Saturday, March 2, is election day. All of the county’s polling places will be open.