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Wirt officials plan 3rd attempt to get levy passed

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ELIZABETH, W.Va. (AP) - An operating levy in Wirt County that's twice been rejected by voters is going back on the ballot.

County officials have scheduled a special election for Feb. 23.

The levy generates more than $200,000 annually. Most of the revenue is used for employee salaries.

If the levy fails again, the county's budget would have to be cut 20% to 25%.

County Commissioner Charles Murray tells the Parkersburg News and Sentinel (http://bit.ly/Z4FhgN ) that the county's government is on the line. He says he believes voters will approve the levy when they realize how serious the situation is.

A 60% majority vote is required for passage.

Wirt County is the only county in the state that has an operating levy.

Information from: News and Sentinel (Parkersburg, W.Va.), http://www.newsandsentinel.com

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