Select Committee on Tax Reform Studies Real Property Taxation Issues
Monday, 20 July 2015 15:36

While there were no interim sessions in July, the Select Committee on Tax Reform met on June 29th for another day-long informational agenda with several speakers. Attorney and Bond Counsel Brian Helmick provided education about TIF (tax increment financing) projects. He indicated that WV had 32 TIFs with only one dissolved, the Pete Dye TIF in Harrison County. The 31 current TIFs are located within 17 counties and 14 municipalities. Most of the TIF funds have gone for infrastructure development for these properties and he described property tax TIFs as an “invaluable tool” for attracting development projects.

PILOT projects (payment in lieu of taxes) were the next topic of discussion. Although it is hard to find a major investment project in the last 25 years that does not have a PILOT arrangement, there is no general statutory guidance provided for the creation of PILOTs nor the distribution of funds. Despite these tax incentives, Helmick noted that the two major impediments to attracting business to WV are lack of suitable sites and lack of sufficiently trained work force.

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The President's View (July 2015)
Monday, 20 July 2015 15:35

As I write this letter, my heart is heavy for the people of West Virginia experiencing the heavy rains, flooding and landslides. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you today.

Past President, Steve Keadle, has decided it was time to retire and enjoy life as a regular citizen of our State. I wish him good luck and good health in his retirement. Greenbrier County will have some big shoes to fill.

Each of our offices are wrapping up the fiscal year and getting everything in order for our annual audits. Congratulations to all for the good work on another successful year in office, being fiscally responsible and helping so many citizens of our State every day.

Many individual associations are currently having their annual meetings. There is always a lot of information to be gained to take back to each of our Counties. Enjoy the time away and the wonderful locations we visit for our meetings.

Fairs and festivals are everywhere across the State in the months of July and August. Dust off your best pie, bread or jelly recipe and enter at your county fair. I enjoy the recipes each month in our newsletter and know we are blessed with many great cooks and bakers.

WVACO has so many knowledgeable elected county officials from across the State, that if we successfully engage in teamwork, we should be able to accomplish our goals easily. The largest beneficiary of our teamwork is our citizens.

Brenda L. Miller, President Ohio Circuit Clerk

 
Greenbrier County
Monday, 20 July 2015 15:35

Constructed ~ 1837

Style ~ Greek Revival

County Seat ~ Lewisburg

Greenbrier County was created by an act of the Virginia General Assembly in October 1777 from parts of Montgomery and Botetourt counties. Named in honor of the principal river that flows through the country, it is considered the mother county of southern West Virginia. Eleven counties were created, either in whole or in part, from its original territory: Boone, Cabell, Jackson, Kanawha, Mason, Monroe, Nicholas, Putnam, Roane, Wayne and Webster.

 
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