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Cabell County School Levy Fails; Funding For Parks, Libraries At Issue

A blue brick building faces a concrete sidewalk with a light fixture in the middle.
The public library branch in Barboursville on Tuesday, May 14, 2024.
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A school levy failed in Cabell County on Tuesday, and it came down to funding for libraries and parks.

The excess school levy lost by about 2 to 1 on Tuesday.

A portion of the five-year levy would have gone to libraries and parks, just not as much as before.

Nancie Perry, a Huntington resident and teacher, explained that’s why she voted no.

“The superintendent took the money away from the parks and from the libraries and wanted to use it all for education,” she said. “And I’m all for education, except that when we voted for that levy, we voted for all three. And he shouldn’t be able to do that.”

The issue could come up again on November’s ballot. The current funding expires next year.