It appears that the state Supreme Court, in righting a historic wrong, has given the Kanawha County Board of Education almost $3 million more per year to spend on education.
Over five years, that's an additional $15 million.
So much for worrying about a capped excess levy producing catastrophic deficits.
But the righting of a wrong to the school system will have catastrophic effects on the Kanawha County
Public Library, which will lose about 40 percent of its annual funding.
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of that equally valued institution.
The school board has since 1957 been required to give the public library about 1.25 percent of its annual budget. Only nine of the state's 55 counties have been required to make such contributions.
But the Kanawha school system contended that under the state's school aid formula, the library funding requirement cost it millions in state funds from which its students would otherwise have benefited.
The state Supreme Court agreed that the 1957 law has had that effect.