CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gilmer County Schools Superintendent Ron Blankenship described his outlook for Tuesday in one word: "apprehension."
It's the day he'll discover whether the seven-vote margin providing the money to pay many school system bills holds up.
"We thought it would be close, but we didn't think it would be this close," Blankenship said Thursday in a phone interview.
Right now it appears Gilmer County voters approved a renewal of the excess levy in Tuesday's election. But the tenuous margin of victory hangs on the outcome of the county clerk's official canvass of votes.
The canvass is Tuesday, said Deputy Clerk Debbie Allen. With fewer than 50 provisional ballots remaining, Allen said the count could definitely affect the levy.
It needs only a simple majority to pass. It received 1,157 votes in favor and 1,150 against.
Blankenship will be at the county office for the canvass.
"It would be devastating if it were to fail," he said.
Right now the excess levy — an additional property tax many county school systems ask their voters to enact — provides the county a little less than $1 million, Blankenship said.
The money pays for textbooks and other instructional supplies, maintenance, utilities and all extracurricular activities, he said.
He didn't want to speculate on specific changes that would take place should the levy go down. But if it comes to paying the light bill or other costs, Blankenship said major cuts could be in order.