By CLYDE FORD
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commission unanimously approved a $6.7 million budget Thursday that leaves the property tax rate unchanged despite calling for a $500,000 increase in spending.
The budget increase is being funded by a new telephone fee for enhanced 911 service and an increase in appraised property. The county also has a new source of revenue in video lottery funds, which are expected to generate $400,000.
"We're trying to hold the line on taxes," said Jefferson County Commissioner President R. Gregory Lance.
The budget includes $500,000 for the prosecuting attorney's office, $608,600 for the courthouse, $600,800 for law enforcement for the sheriff's department, and $775,000 for the regional jail.