Cumberland Times-News

March 25, 2013

Keyser residents vote to continue street levy

Same rate has been in place since 1968

Elaine Blaisdell
Cumberland Times-News

— KEYSER, W.Va. — On Saturday, Keyser residents decided to continue a longstanding tax that funds city street maintenance by a vote of 115-4, according to Shannon Marsh, city administrator. The street excess levy, which will go into effect in June, will continue the maintenance resurface work and improve the conditions of the streets in the city.

“This vote does not represent a raise in the levy rate, but continues the current rate despite an environment in which the price of everything seems to be increasing,” writes Councilman Terry Liller in a letter to the editor.

The tax has been in place since about 1952 and the rate will remain the same as it’s been since 1968.

 The Keyser street excess levy has provided the city with about $160,000 annually.

Potential areas to be improved include Locust Street, Ward Avenue, Maple Avenue and sections of Main Street as well as streets around the courthouse and Potomac State College, according to Liller.

“We are diligently avoiding any paving projects that will be included in the sewer and water line replacement during the next two years,” writes Liller. “Those streets will be paved as part of line replacement work.”

The decision to continue the levy must be made by a vote of city residents every three years. In 2010, the citizens also voted to pass the street excess levy with a vote of 103-10.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@times-news.com.