Petitioners want the board to set the rate at the legal maximum - 100 percent. Had that rate been in place this year, Kanawha County schools would have received an additional $20.9 million in just one year.
At least some of the support for higher property taxes comes from people concerned about overcrowding of John Adams Middle School.
Many favor expansion of that school - hence the need for more money - rather than redistricting that could send children to South Charleston instead.
There's nothing wrong with lobbying one's fellow taxpayers to change a decision they made in May, but prevailing will not be easy.
"The excess levy cap has taken a total of 148,235,000 in possible funding from our schools since 1999," the petition says.
And from another point of view, kept more than $148.2 million in taxpayers' pockets.
Maintaining support for the school excess levy may depend on such consideration.