WHEELING -- Residents in Bethlehem, Wheeling and McMechen on Tuesday reauthorized levies that will keep Ohio Valley Regional Transportation Authority buses running in those communities through June 30, 2018.
In Wheeling, the levy passed with more than 82 percent of the vote, 3,485 votes for to 750 against. For a $150,000 home in Wheeling, which has an assessed value of $90,000, the levy will cost the homeowner $73.44 annually.
In Bethlehem, the levy passed with more than 77 percent of the vote, 408 votes for to 118 against.
For a $150,000 home in Bethlehem with a $90,000 assessed value, the levy will cost the homeowner $73.08 annually.
In McMechen, the levy passed with 80 percent of the vote, 360 votes for to 90 against.
OVRTA has come under increased scrutiny over the past number of years for how the system operates. Ridership has struggled, and new runs to Moundsville and The Highlands were met with concern from some board members due to no levy being in effect in those communities. Many in Ohio and Marshall counties have called for a total overhaul of the public transportation system.
That concern didn't seem to affect Tuesday's unofficial vote.