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Jefferson County briefs

February 16, 2007

Commissioners delay vote on Raco's job



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Discussion of a proposed Jefferson County government reorganization that would involve transferring longtime county planner Paul Raco to another job was postponed Thursday.

The Jefferson County Commissioners decided to delay discussion on the proposal until next week's commission meeting.

The proposal would involve transferring Raco from his job as executive director of the Department of Planning, Zoning and Engineering and putting him in charge of the county's building program.

That job would involve overseeing projects like construction of a new courthouse facility, Commissioner Greg Corliss said.

Under the proposal, the county's planning department staff would report to the Jefferson County Planning Commission, a board whose members are appointed by the commissioners, Corliss said.

Raco was at the center of a controversy two months ago when county officials considered dismissing him.




Commissioners to write Manchin on tax



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commissioners on Thursday agreed to write a letter to Gov. Joe Manchin to express concern about significant property tax hikes local residents have had to endure.

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As part of their effort to make state officials aware of the problem, the commissioners agreed to include in the letter examples of how high some tax bills have jumped.

Some Eastern Panhandle residents have been upset about large increases in their tax bills. There are several proposals being considered in the Legislature to provide relief.

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