Wheeling voters decide against public safety building

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After polls closed earlier this evening, election results are coming out across the country.

One of the most watched elections in the Ohio Valley was the Wheeling public safety building levy, in which Wheeling voters were deciding whether or not to spend $20 million on a new public safety building.

With the votes counted, 53% of voters were for the levy. It still did not pass, however, as 60% of votes were needed to pass.

Both Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger and Fire Chief Larry Helms responded to the decision by voters.

“I am very disappointed that we didn’t reach 60-percent of votes needed to pass this very important community tax levy. However, I remain proud to serve the citizens of Wheeling alongside those men and women, and look forward to continuing to provide excellent law enforcement service to our greater community and will continue to seek ways to be more innovative, efficient and professional. I want to thank everyone who put countless volunteer hours into educating voters on this Levy,” said Schwertfeger.

“I want to thank the many supporters we gained these last few months for this much needed facility. We will continue to, like we have for the last 150 years, provide high quality emergency services our citizens are accustomed to and will search for resources to gradually make the needed repairs to our stations and our fleet,” said Helms.

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