Early voting for the new excess levy to benefit the Kanawha County school and library systems begins Saturday. It runs through Nov. 6.
Early voting will take place at the Voter Registration Office at 415 Quarrier St. Early voting will be available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, except Thursdays, when voting runs to 7 p.m. Voting is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
The special election for the excess levy is Saturday, Nov. 9. To vote on the day of the special election, voters should go to their assigned precinct.
The new excess levy, a tax in addition to the county school system's already-approved regular and excess levies, would generate $24.4 million for the school system the first year it took effect, in fiscal year 2014-15. Officials hope that would help ward off an impending budget deficit.
Kanawha County's libraries would collect 5 percent of the tax -- a compromise reached by the two public entities after the state Supreme Court ruled that the law forcing the school system to fund the public library was unconstitutional, leaving the library in financial straits. The $3 million that would benefit the library would make up for that loss, nearly 40 percent of its operating budget.For a person with a $100,000 home and $15,000 in vehicles, the tax increase amounts to around $125 annually. That's 25 percent more than they would pay the school system in taxes otherwise.