Doddridge County school officials postpone excess-levy vote

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DODDRIDGE COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) - Doddridge County school officials have moved a planned vote on an excess from December to February after concerns about its details.

In a statement, Superintendent Adam Cheeseman said there were concerns were the levy's compliance with West Virginia laws and regulations.

After checking in with the secretary of state and auditor's offices, the levy was found to be in compliance with State Code 18-9-1 & 2. However, there were concerns related to State Code 11-8-22 involving a lack of details on the ballot.

"We traced each step of this levy process and determined the root of this issue occurred with a clerical/technical miscommunication with our office and the printing company," Cheeseman said. "Moreover, Basically, when the ballots were printed, they did not include the Levy Call/Order with the specific information needed for voters to make an accurate determination to vote for the levy or against the levy."

Cheeseman said the ballots are being corrected and prepared for a vote on Feb. 23.

"I take full responsibility for this oversight and wish to offer my sincere apologies to the public and will ensure that this will be corrected moving forward."

The vote was originally scheduled for Dec. 8.