"The people of Kanawha County did not elect this board to close the library," school board member Jim Crawford said Monday.
Mike Albert, president of the library's board of directors, said the lawsuit is behind them, and now they're working together with the Board of Education to pass the levy to avoid a major downsizing of the county's libraries.
"We're not fighting [the court's decision.] Now it's an event that's behind us," Albert said. "This vote will provide us with the funding we had before the Supreme Court made its rule. Basically, it puts us back in the same position we were in before, and it also adds a significant portion for South Charleston and Nitro libraries."
"This is a joint effort. We are going together on the election," he said. "It's a single vote. That vote will be for education."
All of the school board's members have voiced support for the excess levy except for board President Pete Thaw, who was not present at Monday's event.
Thaw has long voiced his concerns with a tax hike and is leading a campaign of his own against the proposed excess levy, saying, "The people of Kanawha County are up to their necks in taxes."
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