Harrison County residents vote in special election that could benefit the community

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) – Residents of Harrison County have voted to renew the Vital Services Tax and the Public Transit Tax, as both were set to expire on June 30, 2022.

Commissioner Patsy Trecost said these levies provide funds to support different services throughout the county. These include the Central West Virginia Transit Authority, Harrison County Senior Center, Parks and Recreation, Office of Emergency Services, and many others.

Trecost added that while it would benefit those in need, all residents would get something out of these levies.

“This money often goes to less fortunate people. This applies equally to all people, and it goes back to 911 and the ambulance authority. You know not everyone needs food, but sometimes everyone needs an ambulance, and sometimes everyone needs to call 911,” he explained.

Trecost added that they are planning an initial tax increase for both levies in the first year. However, there would be no more after that.

“Once the levy was passed, it always increased every year. This year, that will not be the case. Once he passes what he is the first year will be what he is the fifth year. In the five years, this time there will be no increase,” he said.

He shared that voting for these levies was an opportunity for residents to do something that would benefit the whole community.

5 News visited multiple polling stations throughout the day, and no one we spoke to said they were against renewing those two levies.

These levies would come into effect on July 1.

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