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Brooke County Commission mulls levy placement

Updated: Wednesday, January 8 2014, 09:00 PM EST

By Jon Rudder

BROOKE COUNTY, W. Va - Brooke County commissioners are looking for ways to save voters money -- as they ask for their support of two county levies.

The pair of levies are set to go before voters, but rather than have a special elections, the county commission is looking to save money by having the issues voted on in the May primary.

The levies support a number of programs, including volunteer fire services, ambulance services, the park system and the library.

"The people of Brooke County benefit from those services that those tax dollars go to," Brooke County Commissioner Tim Ennis said. "It's been something that's been supported for many years by the people of this county."

Ennis said that a special election has taken place in years past, typically in February or March in five-year increments.

Adding the levies to an election that is already taking place is designed to cut costs.

"It costs about $50,000 to hold a special election, and that's generally how it's been done in the past," Ennis said.

Placing the levies on the ballot hasn't officially been decided yet. Ennis said that commissioners hope to discuss it with all of the groups affected before making a final decision.

"It would have a devastating effect (should it not pass) on every single volunteer fire department in this county," Ennis said. "The ambulance service possibly wouldn't exist any longer. The library would drastically have to reduce their hours, and Brooke Hills Park would see drastic cuts, as well."

Brooke County Commission mulls levy placement

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