"The people of Kanawha county did not elect this board in order to close the library," board member Jim Crawford said.
This new tax, if approved, would restore the library's funding.
It would also help the school system avoid a projected $4.5 million deficit in the school system by the 2014-15 fiscal year.
That deficit is at least partly the result of the board's decision last year to approach voters with a property tax that is capped at about 60 percent of what it can legally ask for. Voters approved that proposal by a wide margin, but school officials soon found that they were headed for a deficit and voted to approach voters again to remove the cap.
"We're the first to admit that changing times and circumstances caused our basic assumptions to be in error," board member Bill Raglin said. "And we in order to provide what we've been providing in the past and in order to improve what we have as well as to support the library and our vocational activity, we need the voters to come out and help us as we move forward with that venture."
Thaw, who lobbied for the capped levy in the name of tax relief for the public, voted against the proposal for another excess levy and is actively campaigning against it.
But the rest of the school board, and all library officials, are putting up a united front to campaign for the tax. They, plus other community and business leaders who are supporting the levy, have formed the Kids Education Yes (KEY) committee to lobby voters for its passage.
For a person with a $100,000 home and $15,000 in vehicles, the tax increase amounts to about $125 annually.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.