The Randolph County Board of Education delivered some good news Tuesday for property owners, and even better news for local libraries.
At a special call meeting, board members voted to lower the levy rates by 5.3 percent for the coming fiscal year. It was an act of necessity, rather than kindness, but brings a benefit none-the-less. Assessed property values in the county have increased, and if the current levy rate remained the same, the state would cut the local board's funding. For those paying property taxes, this means they'll see either a bill that's lower than the last or one that won't be as high as it would have been if the rate remained the same.
The projected amount generated from the levy proved a windfall for the libraries in Helvetia, Harman, Mill Creek and Valley Head. Each will receive $10,000, which is in most cases twice the amount the state recommends the board should contribute. This decision is likely an act of kindness. It's also especially refreshing considering how libraries in other counties are struggling with funding.
Our levy dollars are stretching far, and more advantages are yet to be realized.