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Wintersville lends support to JVS

October 19, 2012
By JESS LOOMAN - Staff correspondent , The Herald-Star

WINTERSVILLE - Village Council's finance committee gave its support to the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School levy during Thursday night's meeting.

Councilmen Bob Merriman, Jason Mattern and Phyllis Foreman along with Mayor Bob Gale endorsed the levy after hearing from JVS Secretary Karen Spoonemore.

Council, which could not have an official meeting due to a lack of a quorum, heard from Spoonemore, who was on hand to ask for support.

"The JVS is dedicated to producing taxpayers from Jefferson and Harrison counties, and we have been pretty successful thus far," she began.

The JVS is seeking an additional 1 mill for current expenses, purchasing equipment for buildings and improving buildings for 10 years.

"We have not asked for money since 1994 when a 0.5-mill levy was passed," she stated. "We are currently down a half a million dollars in revenue and we can't keep up. We have had to close a lot of programs, which is not unusual; however, we are unable to open any more classes to students. Starting a new class costs anywhere between $150,000 and $200,000.

"We also need a new roof on the building," she continued. "We have been spending a lot of money of the past few years to patch parts of the roof and it is becoming unmanageable."

Spoonmore also noted that most homes in Jefferson County will be required to pay a nickel a day if the levy on the Nov. 6 ballot is approved.

"That is between $20 and $25 dollars a year," she noted.

Mattern told Spoonemore that the committee "recognizes your participation in our community and are behind you. We wish you the best of luck."

Gale then announced a make-up council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday. A finance meeting to discuss the 2013 budget will be held immediately after.

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