Martinsburg, Berkeley County set new levy rates
By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg
Berkeley County and the City of Martinsburg this week set their property levy rates for the coming year with little comment from taxpayers.
The Berkeley County Commission called a special public meeting to discuss the proposed rates, an increase of about 3 percent from the year before, but only one person showed up, said Commission President Howard Strauss.
That person had no complaint, but was curious about the process, Strauss said.
"I think we had gotten the word out during the budget process and there was a lot of information we had provided before," said Strauss.
Last month, the commission approved its $13.1 million operating budget, more than half of which comes from property taxes.
"I think this is what you can do when you provide as much information ahead of time," said Strauss of the lack of attendance at the meeting.