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Wirt officials plan 3rd attempt to get levy passed

ELIZABETH, W.Va. — An operating levy in Wirt County that's twice been rejected by voters is going back on the ballot.

County officials have scheduled a special election for Feb. 23.

The levy generates more than $200,000 annually. Most of the revenue is used for employee salaries.

If the levy fails again, the county's budget would have to be cut 20 percent to 25 percent.

County Commissioner Charles Murray tells the Parkersburg News and Sentinel (http://bit.ly/Z4FhgN ) that the county's government is on the line. He says he believes voters will approve the levy when they realize how serious the situation is.

A 60 percent majority vote is required for passage.

Wirt County is the only county in the state that has an operating levy.


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