Select Committee on Tax Reform Looks at Sales Tax & "Sin Taxes"
Friday, 25 September 2015 00:00

In its continuing study of West Virginia’s tax structure, the Select Joint Committee on Tax Reform heard again from Director of Revenue Mark Muchow at their August 31st meeting about the “third leg of WV’s 3-legged tax stool,” consumer sales tax. Starting with the basics, he said that WV’s consumer sales tax is 6% with the addition of up to 1% authorized in a few municipalities through home rule. He noted that Ohio allows additional sales tax to be added at the county level.

The sales tax was enacted in 1934 to offset losses from the Property Tax Limitation Amendment to the Constitution. Last year WV received $1.3 billion from sales tax. 46 states, including WV, and DC impose a broad based consumer sales tax. Muchow noted that while it is referred to as a consumer sales tax, less than 60% of it actually comes from “pure retail.”

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The President's View (September 2015)
Friday, 25 September 2015 00:00

In 1894, President Grover Cleveland declared Labor Day a Federal Holiday. Labor Day is always the first Monday in September. This day is a celebration of the American Labor Movement. Labor Day is celebrated with parades, festivals and speeches.

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Interim Highlights
Friday, 25 September 2015 00:00

Following a summer hiatus, legislative interims were held September 13th & 14th in Charleston. Topics of interest to counties included:

New Regional Jail Director David Farmer gave his first report to the Regional Jails & Corrections Oversight Committee. He announced that Leah Macia, former Senate staff counsel, has been newly hired as general counsel to RJA. Farmer informed the committee that the primary concern is staffing, particularly at three sites, and low pay is the primary issue. RJA Staff is studying the possible use of special correctional tablets for inmates. Farmer answered several questions and passed around one of the tablets. He stressed that there would be no internet access and all content would be controllable by RJA. He also stressed that there would be cost to RJA.

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Hancock County
Friday, 25 September 2015 00:00

Constructed ~ 1921

Style ~ Neoclassical Revival

County Seat ~ New Cumberland

In 1849, the county erected its first courthouse, a “severely plain two story brick structure with a keystone arch, a fanlight transom, and a belfry. It was located in New Manchester and served the county until 1884. By popular vote, 926 to 917, the county seat moved to New Cumberland in 1905. The first courthouse in New Cumberland was razed in 1905 and replaced by a courthouse which burned in 1920. The current courthouse was built and opened for business on November 17, 1921. The courthouse is modest in size and design, has no landscaped grounds, and has a Civil War monument dedicated “To The Perpetual Memory of the Defenders of the Union 1861-1865.”

 
Taylor County sweeps WVU Extension Service’s Summer Steps Walking Challenge
Friday, 25 September 2015 00:00

With more than 25,000 miles logged, Taylor County took first place in the 2015 Summer Steps walking challenge, organized by the West Virginia University Extension Service and the West Virginia Association of Counties.

The initiative was created to encourage community-based groups in counties across the state to increase activity levels by walking, cycling, swimming or participating in any other form of exercise. From June 1 to Aug. 31, participants were able register and log miles into WVU Extension’s online tracker. In 2015 alone, counties more than doubled last year’s mileage with 44,000 miles logged—almost the equivalent of walking around the globe two times.

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