Mark your calendar. Early voting begins Oct. 26. If Kanawha adults want to improve life in their community, they should go to polls and support the special excess levy to aid public schools and the county library system.
As we've said before, conscientious families should be willing to pay a bit more in property tax to help the society around them. That's called citizenship.
Here's the background:
State law lets progressive-minded counties pass 100 percent excess property tax levies to upgrade public schools. Last year, Kanawha approved another five-year extension of a longstanding excess levy -- but the extra funding was limited to just 65 percent.
Afterward, two setbacks struck: The state Supreme Court wiped out the school system's responsibility to give the Kanawha library system $3 million a year -- and major deficits began clobbering public schools. To fix both problems, four school board members called a special election for Nov. 9 to raise the levy to 100 percent, where it should have been all along.
This repair would provide the $3 million lost by libraries and produce $21 million more for schools. A typical family with a $100,000 home would pay about $125 more annual property tax.
Over the decades, time after time, Kanawha voters have displayed selflessness by renewing several extra levies. We hope they do so again this year.
If tax-haters flood the polls and defeat the 100 percent enlargement, the hard-up Kanawha school system would be forced to find more revenue, perhaps by imposing many annoying student fees on families -- and the county's network of public libraries would be almost wrecked.This isn't a political election year. Isolated special balloting usually draws a minimum of voters -- just those who care strongly about a limited local issue. Kanawha County will benefit if supporters of good schools and libraries do their duty.