School bond levy fails in Wayne County, WV

WAYNE COUNTY, Wv. (WYMT/WSAZ) - It's back to the drawing board in Wayne County after a bond issue failed by more than 70 percent of the vote.

It would have raised taxes to build two new schools, upgrade three other schools, and put turf on the county's three high school fields.

Even those who were for the issue, weren't surprised it failed.

"I was disappointed in the bond issue failing," Grandfather Charles Workman said. "These kids ... They need a new school."

Workman's 7-year-old granddaughter goes to school at Kenova Elementary. He wanted to see the issue pass but understands why it didn't.

"It was just too much of a tax increase," Workman said. "And the people who don't have kids in school aren't going to go for a tax increase to have Astroturf."

He thinks there were too many projects in the bond issue. He believes that's a big reason why it failed -- 71 to 29 percent.

"They may have went for the school but not for the Astroturf," Workman said.

Assistant Superintendent Lynn Hurt says the board was trying to put together a package that would benefit the whole county.

"When you put a bond together, you have to think about what may serve as many people as you can, in order to get the vote," Hurt said.

As for Workman and his grandkids, while he's not giving up hope of a levy passing eventually he is thinking about what he'll do if it doesn't.

"I have even talked to my wife about it," Workman said. "Even selling out and moving getting closer to a grade school."

The school building authority said if the bond passed, it would spend $20 million in the county.

Since it did not, that money will go toward other counties in West Virginia.

Wayne County can reapply next year.

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