Local school excess levies renewed

The voters have spoken and two local school levies will continue following special elections in Brooke and Hancock counties on Saturday.

In Hancock County, voters opted to continue the county’s school excess levy for another five years with a vote of 2,288 in favor, and 1,180 against. The votes for the levy represent approximately 66 percent of those who cast ballots Saturday.

The Brooke County levy, which has been on the books since the late 1950s, received 1,337 votes in favor, or 72 percent; and 498, or 27 percent, against, according to unofficial results.

The levy will generate $6.1 million annual, or $30.9 million over its five-year term.

The Brooke levy needed a 50 percent, plus one vote in order to pass.