Library Approves Lower Budget

A special election will be held Nov. 9 that will give voters the choice to support the Kanawha County library in a combined vote with the Kanawha County school levy. If the levy passes, the library would receive $2.9 million in the 2014-15 fiscal year, and higher amounts in following years. The library decided to cancel the West Virginia Book Festival after the state Supreme Court ruled in February that the Kanawha County school board wasn't obligated to pay the library each year. That amounted to a loss of about $3 million -- 40 percent of the library's total budget. This week, the library approved its new budget, with $1 million cut out.