- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) - The Sustainability Task Force has discussed campaigning for the Marion County Vital Service Levy that’ll be voted on in May.

The Times West Virginian reports (http://bit.ly/1RKCRvD ) the group, which met Wednesday, plans to continue educating people about the levy and what it would mean for the county.

Tom Antulov, who works with the Marion County Clerk’s Office, says the levy creates funds so that everyone can have “basic life-saving apparatus to do their job.”

The levy would help the vital services afford necessary equipment like firefighter uniforms.

If passed, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Chris McIntyre says a minimum tax would be placed on residents.

McIntyre says the levy’s goal isn’t to raise citizen’s taxes, but to be proactive about improving and sustaining vital services for the public.

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Information from: Times West Virginian, http://www.timeswv.com

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