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Chad Abshire


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WILLIAMSON — A new bill was recently introduced into State Senate which would change the amount of votes needed for approval of an excess levy or bond.


Introduced by Sens. H. Truman Chafin (D-Mingo) and Robert “Bob” H. Plymale, (D-Wayne) Senate Joint Resolution No. 7, would be an amendment to the West Virginia constitution which would change the requirement in the passage of an excess levy, bond or anything similar from needing 60 percent approval from voters to a simple majority.


The change would apply to all such bonds and levies introduced by a county, municipality or county board of education, which would allow “counties, cities, school districts and municipal corporations to approve, by a vote of the people, levies, excess levies, the incurring of indebtedness and bond issues by a majority of the votes cast for and against the same, notwithstanding any other provision of the Constitution to the contrary.”


The amendment will be up for vote at the next general election in 2014, and will read as follows:


ARTICLE X. TAXATION AND FINANCE.


§12. Simple majority approval for all county, city, school district, and municipal corporation levies and bonds.


Notwithstanding the provisions of sections one, seven or eight of this article relating to a vote of the people on proposed bonds or indebtedness, or any other provisions of this Constitution, a county, city, school district or municipal corporation may contract indebtedness and issue bonds for purposes as provided by law, if when submitted to a vote of the people of the county, city, school district or municipal corporations in the manner provided by law, the questions of contracting indebtedness and issuing bonds is approved by a majority of the votes cast for and against the same.


Notwithstanding the provisions of sections one, seven or eight of this article relating to a vote of the people on proposed tax levies, or any other provisions of this Constitution, a county, city, school district or municipal corporation may increase tax levies for purposes as provided by law, if when submitted to a vote of the people of the county, city, school district or municipal corporations in the manner provided by law, the question of increasing tax levies is approved by a majority of the votes cast for and against the same.


Resolved further, That in accordance with the provisions of article eleven, chapter three of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, the proposed amendment is hereby numbered “Amendment No. 1” and designated as “The Simple Majority Approval Amendment” and the purpose of the proposed amendment is summarized as follows: “To allow a simple majority approval for all county, city, school district and municipal levies and bonds.”





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