(04/16/2002)
A Wirt County group is holding a public meeting tonight (4/16) to discuss the Wirt operating levy on the May 14 ballot. Citizens to Preserve Wirt County is sponsoring the meeting, which is being conducted by the West Virginia Association of Counties.

Wirt residents who have an interest in keeping the county going, are being asked to attend. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the Community Center.

If voters fail to pass the $185,000 annual operating levy for three years, the county will be forced to go out of business. Voters have rejected two similar levies, and the county has been told there will be no further bail-outs.

Some elected officials believe county residents do not understand this is the end of the line. The county received a $70,000 grant from the Budget Digest last year to temporarily continue operations.

The program for tonight's meeting includes a discussion about the cost of the levy, which actually could mean a 4% reduction in current taxes since the school board levy is expiring.

Also on the program is how the county can go about dissolving.

The levy needs a 60% approval rating by Wirt's voters.


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