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Martinsburg considering 12 percent tax increase

March 10, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Martinsburg City Council voted Thursday to hold a public hearing on March 21 to consider input from residents about a proposed 12 percent increase in the rate used to generate property taxes.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall at 232 N. Queen St.

If a 12 percent levy rate increase is adopted, a resident with property worth $100,000 and assessed at $60,000 would pay an additional $10.56 per year in property taxes, according to a proposal projected to generate an additional $207,517.

While revenues are meeting projections for the current year, City Finance Director Mark B. Spickler told council members on the Budget & Finance Committee last week that costs for insurance and benefits were expected to increase. The city also is expected to pay a larger portion of the salary and benefits for police officers and firefighters who were added to the payroll with the help of grant money in the next two years, Spickler said.  

City Council will hold a special meeting on March 24 at 5 p.m. to approve the budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

• In other business, City Council on Thursday approved the draft plan for the city's Community Development Block Grant program for 2011-12.

A public hearing for the draft plan has been scheduled for April 14.

Spending proposed in the federally-funded program includes $322,238 for storm water rehabilitation and overall reconstruction of South Valley Street between West King and West Burke streets; $53,000 for replacing windows, insulation and painting in the Boys & Girls Club gymnasium to improve energy efficiency; $8,000 to improve energy efficiency and replace a hot water heating system at Bethany House women's shelter; and $10,000 to install an HVAC system, replace an oil furnace and baseboard electric heat in a transitional family housing unit. 

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