By Jean A. Flanagan
Moorefield Examiner –
Voters in Hardy County rejected a levy that would have paid for emergency ambulance service in the county. When the final votes were tallied, there were 1,453 votes against and 1,048 in favor, a margin of slightly more than 16 percent.
Opponents of the levy said residents of the county were already being taxed enough and people could donate money directly to the ambulance companies. Voters approved a tax levy last November to build two new high schools.
Proponents argued donations are not enough to support emergency ambulance service and without a levy, the County Commission will have to continue the Emergency Ambulance Fee, which residents find more onerous.
County Commission Seat
Without a Republican challenger in the November General Election, former State Delegate Harold Michael handily won the race for Hardy County Commissioner. Michael bested Wardensville resident Wendy J. Miller by a 42 percent margin. Michael will take office in January 2015.
“I will continue to keep the commissioners on their toes,” Miller said. “There is another election in two years and I will run again. Change is necessary.”
Michael will replace outgoing commissioner A. J. Wade. Holding true to a campaign promise, Wade did not seek reelection.