With 27 of 27 precincts reporting Saturday, fewer than 50 people cast a ballot against Wyoming County Schools' excess levy.

The final unofficial totals were 1,108 for the levy and 45 against it.

The excess levy, more commonly known as the textbook levy, is added to the regular tax levy residents pay on personal property and is used to fund improvements and supplements to the county school system.

Over the five years of this levy, it will raise $6,254,863 annually for the school system.

“The citizens of Wyoming County have supported an excess levy for the children of Wyoming County since 1927,” according to Deirdre Cline, county schools superintendent.

“This 91-year show of dedication and support of education is exciting and affirms what we who live in Wyoming County already know – we take care of our children and of each other,” Cline emphasized prior to the election.

“The support of the excess levy is a blessing to the children of Wyoming County.”

Voter turnout was extremely low, Jewell Aguilar, county clerk, noted.

Election day went smoothly, she said.

The excess levy is voted upon by county residents every five years and the rate, set by the county Board of Education, is outlined in the election ballot. The rates this time remained at the same level as the previous excess levy.

In addition to textbooks and workbooks, the excess levy provides funding for instructional supplies, laptops, Viewboards, virtual reality systems, activity and tutoring buses, school furniture, band instruments and uniforms, academic field trips, academic fairs, support for coaches, professional development, employee dental/optical/medical reimbursements, repairs and renovations, among other items.

A portion of the levy funding also provides money to the county library system, the WVU Extension and 4-H, and the county Health Department to support programs that directly impact school-age children.

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