He defined the education industry as the state Board of Education, the state Department of Education and the state School Building Authority, which allocates money for school construction projects.
Members of the authority board have repeatedly scolded Kanawha officials for having a capped levy, and have threatened to limit the amount of funding because of it. Jordon cited those concerns in her reasoning for why the board needs to pursue a new levy.
"We're the largest school system, and we're the only school system to have a capped levy," Jordon said. "They don't understand why they're giving us tax money. . ."
Thaw said Kanawha County should be lauded for its capped levy, but said he's confident the recent attention from the authority caused the state department to lean on Duerring and Reustle. The result was last month's report, presenting information Thaw said was never presented last year.
Board member Jim Crawford said he didn't see that information last year. If he had, the vote for the levy cap could have gone differently, he believes.
"When I voted to put the cap on the excess levy, I was not aware of the cost of operations going out," Crawford said.
"If I had all of that information, I would have raised the cap. I would have wanted to raise money," he continued.
Crawford wasn't sure what policy he would support concerning the financial situation, but he said he didn't want to do anything to jeopardize the levy money already slated to come to the county.
Board member Bill Raglin said the same concerns prompted him to vote for the levy cap, despite his fears at the time. During last January's meeting, Raglin said the cap would mean tough decisions for future boards, according to Daily Mail records.
He has voiced similar concerns since then. However, board consensus is crucial when it comes to seeking voter support for a levy, he said.
"I voted to have a cap, because I fully believe when you put a levy on, there needs to be some unanimity from the board in order to pass it," Raglin said.
Like Crawford, he didn't want to commit to any action before the meeting. Nothing should be off the table though, he said.
Jordon said she thought every board member but Thaw was in favor of either changing the levy rate or introducing a new levy. She wasn't sure why introducing a new levy was easier than changing the existing levy, but she said she thought that would come up during the meeting.
Thaw agrees most board members favor change, but doubts voters feel the same way.
"These people are really going to go back and ask them to do it again, and increase their taxes? I don't doubt they'll do it but I doubt the people will buy this," Thaw said.
Any change would require a countywide election.
Trimming the budget is the best solution, Thaw said. Duerring plans to present a list of ideas to the board during the February meeting, Crawford said. He said he didn't know the specifics of the suggestions.