Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 29, 2013

W.Va. Senate looks for new ways to fund libraries

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill advanced by the West Virginia Senate would require counties to include library funding any time they send a levy to voters requesting education funding.

The bill looks for a new way to fund the state's public libraries. Recently the state Supreme Court ruled that certain local boards of education could not be required to give a portion of their budgets to libraries.

Of the state's 55 counties, 43 currently use an excess levy to help fund their schools. Any time a county proposed an excess levy in the future it would be required to add to that levy 1 percent of its entire school budget to go toward libraries.

State Superintendent Jim Phares said the bill would make voters much more likely to vote down school levies.