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Wheeling, Bethlehem Voters To See OVRTA Levy on Nov. 3 Ballot

WHEELING — Voters in Wheeling and Bethlehem will be asked Nov. 3 to help keep the wheels on public buses rolling.

A levy to benefit the Ohio Valley Regional Transportation Authority will appear on ballots in both communities.

The levies would be for the purpose of providing funds to pay each community’s share in funding OVRTA, and this would include any deficits in operating costs, and the costs of acquiring capital equipment and facilities.

In Wheeling, the levy shall be assessed on Class I property at 4.08 cents per $100,000 in property value; on Class II property, 8.16 cents; on Class III property, none, and on Class IV property, 16.32 cents.

In Bethlehem, the levy request is a renewal of an existing levy. The levy in Bethlehem shall be assessed on Class I property at 4.06 cents per $100,000 in property value; on Class II property, 8.12 cents; on Class III property, none, and on Class IV property, 16.24 cents. Officials with OVRTA did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the levy.

Voters strongly supported bus levies in Wheeling and Bethlehem when they were last on the ballot in 2016. The measure passed in Wheeling with a 74 percent vote in Wheeling, and with 77 percent in Bethlehem.

The levies require 60-percent support for passage.

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