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Bond passage…
Well, I have to admit that I am a little surprised that the bond issue passed. Considering our history of voting against such measures and the vast amount of misinformation that was circulating about this one, I figured it could go either way.
As predicted, the voter turnout was low… only 10.94% statewide. In Braxton it may have been a little higher than the state average, but nothing to brag about. Only 1128 of Braxton approximately 8,200 registered voters went to the polls. Of those, 762 favored the bond passage and 366 opposed.
According to unofficial results from the WV Secretary of State’s Office only 125,510 of West Virginia’s 1,222,562 registered voters cast a ballot. Of that number, 73% were for the amendment while 27% opposed it. The official tally won’t be known until after October 13 when all 55 counties conduct their canvas. Obviously, there will be no major change in the outcome.
Those unofficial results show 561 ballots cast in Gilmer County. Of that 360 were in favor, 201 opposed. In Nicholas County 1639 citizens voted; 1152 favored the amendment while 487 opposed it. In Lewis County 1541 people voted; 1130 for and 411 against. In Webster the margin of victory was less than the other surrounding counties. Of the 534 votes cast, 343 were in favor and 191 were against. All in all, our voter turnout was probably a little better than our neighbors.
Of course the Governor is elated with the results. I was surprised to see other top republicans making positive public comments as well. Right or wrong we are going to move forward. I think everyone, including me will be watching closely to see just how this whole thing plays out. The pubic obviously wants better roads and more jobs. If this initiative fails to produce both… well let’s just hope that’s not the case.
I was told that the funding and the tax revenue couldn’t be diverted to other areas. I received a call on Monday from a reader who had someone tell him about a similar bond issue several years ago with basically the same intent. The reader was told that nothing much came of that because the legislature diverted the funding to teacher and public employee pay raises.
While I’m certainly not against more money for teachers and some public employees, this is not the way to do it. We definitely need to hold our elected officials accountable. Even though the turnout was not great, the end result was clear and the money from the bonds should go to improving our roads and economy.
I noted in Brent Boggs’s column in this issue and other media sources that there seem to be a real push to keep the work force local. That’s a great idea and I fully support it, however, I have seen such objectives lead to lengthy court battles in the past. I certainly hope we can avoid such a mess. It’s time to move on… and we can all hope it is a positive direction.



























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