Following an historic vote in Monongalia County, officials say it’s time to begin budgeting for four passed levies.

Public transit, libraries, fire departments and parks in the county will benefit from the levies when they go into effect July 1.

It’s the first time ever that county voters have passed levies.

That’s why Commissioner Tom Bloom said the commission will contact leaders from other counties as they prepare for the levies to go into effect.

“I know the sheriff and the tax office is more than willing now to come in and meet with us about how we’re going to do this and levy out the funds,” Bloom said. “I can tell the people this: we’re not just going to give the money to the people. There will be purchase orders, we’ll follow a system and there’s going to be accountability.”  

These levies will generate just under $4 million annually for the next five years.