What is a School Excess Levy?

A school excess levy is an opportunity provided to local Boards of Education focused on improving and maintaining the educational system with community approval.

The school excess levy continues a 75-year investment in supporting public education in Berkeley County.

By the Numbers

image of by the numbers graphic explaining school excess levy with text that says 5 year term beginning july 1, 2025, 100% of the funds collected benefit BCS students, staff, and community 15% of the BCS bjudget provided by the School Excess Levy, and 75 years of community support

Areas of Support

Local Salary Supplements & Benefits


Instructional Materials (Textbooks, Services, Equipment


Community Organizations


Berkeley-Morgan County Health Department

$30,000 (up $1,500)

Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation

$132,000 (up $20,000)

WVU 4-H Extension

$93,000 (up $25,000)

Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries

$152,500 (up $40,000)

Increased Enrollment Support


Facilities Maintenance




"Continuing the BCS School Excess Levy allows us to continue to provide support to all of our staff, students, and the community through salary, supplements, benefits, textbooks, technology, safety and security measures, facilities maintenance, and more."

Superintendent Ronald E. Stephens IV  

   Berkeley County Schools

Supplements to Employee Salaries


Average Teacher Compensation includes 19% above the base WV teacher salary from excess levy funding.

Average Teacher Salary*


Levy Salary Supplement


Sick Leave Up To


Housing Up To




Health Insurance


Total Levy Contribution


*Average teacher salary is a MA15 with 11 years experience.

Average Service Personnel Compensation includes 23% above base WV service salary from excess levy funding.

Average Service Salary


Levy Salary Supplement


Sick Leave Up To


Housing Up To




Health Insurance


Total Levy Contribution


*Average service salary is a Level D with 18 years experience.

Supplements to Employee Benefits

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Stipends for Specialized Services & Extra Duties

  • PEIA Health Insurance Supplement

  • New Teacher Orientation Stipend

  • National Board Certification Stipend

  • Family Dental Insurance

  • Employee Vision Insurance

  • Applicable Certification Fees

  • Applicable Background Fees

  • Activity Passes

How Will This Impact My Taxes?

2025 School Excess Levy Residential Tax Assessments

Market Value

Assessed Value

Current Rate @ $0.45

Proposed Rate @ $0.459

Difference Per Year



















































*Does not impact current homestead exemption

Voter Information

Deadline to Register to Vote: April 23, 2024

Early Voting Locations - May 1, 2024 - May 11, 2024 Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm, Saturday 9am - 5pm

Dunn Building

400 West Stephen Street

Martinsburg, WV 25401

Bedington Ruritan Club

3947 Williamsport Pike

Martinsburg, WV 25404

South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Company - Pikeside Substation

4127 Winchester Avenue

Martinsburg, WV 25405

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)


Berkeley County Schools is an investment in our community and an integral part of economic development.  The following organizations and individuals have endorsed this school excess levy and its intended use to strengthen our community. 

Berkeley County Diversity Council

Berkeley County Education Association (BCEA)

Berkeley County Education Association - Education Support Professionals (BCEA - ESP)

"BCEA-ESP and BCEA encourage every citizen of Berkeley County to vote, “Yes” on the levy on May 14th . A “Yes” vote is a vote of support for Berkeley County Schools’ employees and students."

BCEA Levy Support Letter

Friends of the Berkeley County School Excess Levy

Former Berkeley County Schools Board of Education Presidents

  • Todd Beckwith, former BCS Board of Education President

  • Darin Gilpin, DVM, former BCS Board of Education President

  • Bill Queen, DDS, former BCS Board of Education President

Letter to the Editor - The Journal

Kevin Knowles, Mayor

City of Martinsburg

"An excellent public education system is a foundational pillar required to attract quality economic development and required to foster Martinsburg's continuing economic transformation. I encourage every citizen of Martinsburg and Berkeley County to vote, "Yes" on the levy on May 14th. A "Yes" vote is a vote of support for our future and our kids."

Letter of Endorsement for School Excess Levy

Manny P. Arvon

Former Berkeley County Schools Superintendent

The Martinsburg Initiative

Members of the Berkeley County Board of Education

  • Patrick Murphy, President

  • Jacqueline Long, Vice President

  • Michael Martin, Member

  • Damon Wright, Member

  • Melissa Power, Member

NAACP Martinsburg, Berkeley County, WV Branch 3242

Partners in Education - Berkeley, Inc.

West Virginia Education Association - Political Action Committee (WVEA - PAC)