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July 15, 2014

Hampshire library levy to be on November ballot

— ROMNEY, W.Va. — Following a detailed financial report Tuesday from Steve Moreland, president of the Hampshire County Public Library, the Hampshire County Commission voted unanimously to put the library levy on the November general election ballot.

By law, the library levy must be renewed every five years and be held at no cost to the taxpayer.

Moreland said $203,556 is the estimated cost of the levy.

“Hampshire County Public Library would get 78 percent, or $158,781, and the Capon Bridge Library would get 32 percent, or $44,784,” Moreland said.

“The November general election is the only scheduled election to get the ballot on.”

Moreland asked the commission to send the figures to Clarksburg to the auditor to be approved.

In 2010, the commission allocated $132,000 in emergency funding to both libraries due to a mathematical error that showed up on the March 6, 2010, library levy.

Eighty-six percent of voters backed that levy.

However, instead of the levy generating $219,000 for the year, the levy error translated to only $2,030.

The state said nothing could be done other than running a new levy. Thus the reason for the $132,000 emergency funding, $102,000 going to the Romney Library and $30,000 to the Capon Bridge Library.

Moreland told the commissioners, “We feel we have done a pretty good job as shepherds of Hampshire County dollars.”

The commissioners and Moreland talked about the extensive use of the computers at both libraries.

“That is just one of the assets to help the community,” Moreland said.

The Hampshire County Public Library trustees own the historic Davis House located on Main Street.

“We think it was built around 1830. It needs fairly major maintenance,” Moreland said.

Mention was made of the mold on the outside of the Davis House and issues of water coming into the house off the street.

Moreland said he would be contacting someone who could help assist with a comprehensive review of the property.

Contact Marla Pisciotta at marlapisciotta@frontier.com.

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