MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County and Martinsburg are raising levy rates about 3 percent, but overall taxes will decrease for county residents because there are more taxpayers moving into the area.
The Berkeley County Commission and Martinsburg City Council approved the levy rates for the 1998-99 fiscal year on Tuesday.
With the county's new levy rate, a home assessed at $54,000 in a rural area will be taxed an additional $2.05 by the county. But the amount for the Berkeley County Board of Education's bond payments will decrease by $3.89 for the same homeowner. That homeowner will actually pay $1.83 less in taxes.
James Welton, assistant superintendent for Berkeley County schools, said the Board of Education pays a set rate each year for the two bonds. As more people and industry move into the area, those payments are drawn from more taxpayers.
Despite a double increase for city residents - who must pay both city and county taxes - their average tax bill will increase only $1.51.