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Berkeley County budget approved

March 28, 2002|By SARAH MULLIN

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission officially signed off on the county's $13.9 million budget, up $900,000 from last year's budget, Tuesday night.

The budget for fiscal year 2002-03 includes a 1 percent levy rate increase and six new county positions.

The levy rate increase means taxpayers will see on average a 1 percent increase in their personal and real estate property tax bills.

The county will receive about $486,000 in additional revenue from the levy rate increase. The levy rate makes up about 54 percent of the county's budget.

Other main sources of revenue come from planning commission fees, property transfer tax and ambulance authority fees.

The county had about $4 million in additional funding requests from county offices and outside agencies with only $900,000 to divvy out among them.

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The commissioners approved the hiring of a county planner for the planning commission office, a part-time investigator for the Prosecuting Attorney's office, three dispatcher positions for 911 central dispatch and a real estate manager for the assessor's office.

Some of the outside agencies receiving county money include Berkeley County Farmland Protection Board, Berkeley County Meals on Wheels, Berkeley County Historic Landmarks, Health Department, Development Authority, Parks and Recreation and the Visitor's Bureau.

Also, the commissioners allotted $20,000 for the U.S. Geological Survey study that will be conducted to determine the cause of well contamination within the county.

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