KINGWOOD — The Preston County Board of Education will discuss placing a special levy before voters again, when it meets July 24.

Board Member Pam Feathers noted near the end of the board’s most recent meeting that, “The ‘L’ word has come up five times tonight,” referring to a levy.

Board Member Jack Keim noted that, “We’re still in a dilemma, because we still don’t know what the state budget is going to be.”

“But we’ve got to talk about it,” Feathers said. Keim agreed.

A maintenance levy that would have provided $10 million over five years to fix the roofs of six schools and do other maintenance was narrowly defeated in the 2016 general election. In February, the board voted against holding a special election for an excess levy.

According to The Dominion Post archives, Preston County had an excess levy for 46 years. It helped to pay for textbooks, building repairs, extracurricular activities, student insurance, community schools and 4-H.

The levy was first defeated on Nov. 6, 1993. On March 5, 1994, Dec. 9, 1995 and in 2004, it failed to pass again. In 2010 the levy passed, but voters refused to renew it in 2012.