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By one vote, WV Senate passes school tax increase bill

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By one vote, WV Senate passes school tax increase bill
Ryan Quinn, WV Gazette-Mail

By a hair, the West Virginia Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would cut state pre-K through 12 public education funding by $79.3 million and automatically raise counties’ regular levy property tax rates to make up for the loss.

Senate Bill 609 also would enable county school boards to opt out of the tax increase if they’re willing to take the significant financial hit. Senators said the bill also would increase school boards’ spending flexibility in various ways.

The bill passed 17-16 with Sen. Chandler Swope, R-Mercer, the only senator absent. Swope told a reporter he was taking a bathroom break and would’ve voted for the bill.

All of the Senate Democrats, and some Republicans, voted against the legislation. It now heads to the House of Delegates.

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