Carper didn't take a stance on the levy, saying, "this is up to the voters of the county."
The county will have its own levy on the ballot during the May 2014 primary, which will be a renewal of the public safety levy.
Carper said one major difference between the regular public safety levy and the school levy is that the county's levy must be approved by 60 percent of voters, while the school levy only needs a simple majority to pass.
"That's a huge difference," he said.
The reason the county commission has been tangled in the school board's contest is because state officials have directed both the county and the board to be responsible for canvassing the election results on Nov. 15, the commission learned at its Tuesday meeting.
State law, state Supreme Court decisions and directives from the West Virginia Secretary of State's office all conflict with one another when deciding what body is responsible for canvassing elections. The confusion is partially due to the fact that the proposed tax concerns both schools and the local library system.
In a response Secretary of State Assistant General Counsel Timothy Leach sent to Carper on Sept. 18, Leach agreed that the law is "conflicting" and suggested the county and board of education both canvass the election.
"The legislature wrote a law that doesn't make sense," Carper said.
Early voting for the election will be conducted at the county voter registration office beginning on Saturday, Oct. 26 through Wednesday, Nov. 6. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be no Sunday voting.
The election itself will be Saturday, Nov. 9, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Pat Fisher, the registrar in the county clerk's office, confirmed that all regular polling locations will be open for the election.
Canvassing of the election results will begin Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 a.m. at the Voters' Registration office. The public is permitted to observe the canvass.
Contact writer Matt Murphy at Matt.Mur...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817.