KEYSER - Early voting for the special election to continue Keyser's excess street levy begins on Friday, March 8.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Early voting for the special election to continue Keyser’s excess street levy begins on Friday, March 8.
The levy, which has been in existence for many years, is used to maintain the city’s streets. It comes up for renewal every three years, and the current levy expires on July 1, 2019.
The ballot this year will be to approve or deny the levy at the current rate; there will be no increases in the taxation rates.
Those rates are as follows:
- Class I property: This includes business inventories, furniture and/or fixtures, and is taxed at a rate of 6.25 cents per $100 of assessed value.
- Class II property: This includes owner-occupied property and is taxed at a rate of 12.5 cents per $100 of assessed value.
- Class IV property: This includes commercial, non owner-occupied property, including rentals, and is taxed at a rate of 25 cents per $100 of assessed value.
Class III property, which includes commercial non owner-occupied property located outside the city limits, is not affected by the excess levy.
Money raised through the levy is used to “widen, grade, repair, surface and resurface, storm drain line replacement and to otherwise improve the existing public streets within the corporation limits of Keyser,” according to the ballot.
The date for the special election is Saturday, March 23, and early voting, which starts Friday, will continue through March 20.