Carper Voted for Levy, Discouraged on Another Try

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper says he voted for the county's excess levy for schools and libraries, which failed resoundingly over the weekend -- but he's not willing to give the library another chance alongside the county's public safety levy next spring. Carper told the Gazette Monday that "The idea of including that in the public safety levy, that's a no -- not with my vote. A back-to-back levy election with the same issue puts a sour taste in my mouth." The county's library system lost 40 percent of its total operating budget when the Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that the county school system no longer had to financially support it. Library supporters will reportedly try to seize another opportunity to pass a levy during next May's primary election.