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Monongalia County joins other counties to oppose tax reform


The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Monongalia County commissioners said they would stand with other counties in opposing state tax reforms that would reduce revenue at the local level.

The issue was raised during the May 3 meeting in a letter from the Kanawha County Commission.

In the letter, Kanawha Commission President Kent Carper said tax reform measures like those introduced during the West Virginia Legislature’s most recent session — Joint Senate Resolution 8 (SJR8) — would “in effect, disassemble county government.”

SJR8 is a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that, among other changes, would repeal the personal property tax, and created new real estate tax classes.

According to information provided with the letter, such a measure would cost Monongalia County just over $5.2 million.

The commission voted to send a letter of support to the Kanawha County Commission and set up a meeting with local legislators.

SJR8 is not part of the special legislative session called by Governor Jim Justice Wednesday and slated to begin May 4.

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