Local leaders are now starting to weigh in on Governor Justice's multi-billion dollar Roads To Prosperity Referendum. If passed its expected to upgrade roads and bridges in each county throughout the state.
Mercer County Commissioner Greg Puckett said he's all for it. "Personally, I think it's a good idea I think any time you try to put West Virginians back to work really increase the infrastructure across the state of West Virginia I think it's a win win."
He added that the county could use some upgrades to its roads and bridges.
"And if you look at the highways and where we have been over the last few years, we really need to focus on really building that infrastructure up," Puckett said.
If passed the referendum would also add roughly 40,000 construction jobs throughout the mountain state. However, not all local leaders agree with the plan. Although Delegate Marty Gearheart agreed with putting the referendum on the ballot, he said he's not in favor of it.
"The legislature and the Governor passed tax increases already to help fund this road bond thus denuding the voters of the right to determine whether they wanted to borrow the money and also have additional taxes."
Delegate Gearheart also added that West Virginians could more than likely see an increase in taxes even though Justice claims there won't be any tax increases. "I also have no confidence that the Governor will not in fact seek additional tax revenue in the coming session in order to additional fund this bond."
The special election is set for Saturday October 7. Early voting will take place from September 22 - October 4, 2017, in the County Courthouse or Annex. The last day to register to vote is Monday, September 18, 2017. For more information on each county's upgrades visit www.governor.wv.gov/Pages/road-bond-referendum.aspx