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By DAVE McMILLION | September 7, 2010
BOONSBORO -- A recycling service for the county, improvements to Monroe Road and the homestead exemption are among the issues the Boonsboro Town Council plans to discuss with the Washington County Commissioners on Sept. 28. Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. asked council members during their regular meeting Tuesday night to come up with a list of issues they hope to discuss with the commissioners during the 7 p.m. meeting in the Eugene C. Smith Community Center in Shafer Park.
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by DAVE McMILLION | December 19, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Local state lawmakers are looking at a number of ways to give residents possible relief from skyrocketing property tax bills. Earlier this year, local residents complained to county officials about their property tax bills, some of which had increased by 100 percent. Much of the tax increases are being driven by the increase in the value of homes in the Eastern Panhandle and some residents and officials are concerned how the taxes are affecting people on fixed incomes.
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by DAVE McMILLION | August 12, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - County officials rolled up their sleeves Thursday and began looking for ways to give local residents relief from property tax increases that have doubled some tax bills. About 30 residents appeared before the Jefferson County Commission two weeks ago to complain about high tax bills, and about a dozen people appeared before the commission Thursday afternoon to hear commission members explore methods of tax relief. Commission President Rusty Morgan has said he would like to see the issue examined closely and added that any relief largely would have to come from the state level.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | August 16, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Tax revenue in Jefferson County was up by $11 million in the 2007-08 fiscal year compared to the previous year, Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober told the Jefferson County Commission Thursday. Taxes collected on real estate and personal property such as automobiles totaled a little more than $52 million compared to the $41.1 million taken in during the 2006-07 fiscal year, Boober said. The increase can be attributed to increasing tax bills as the values of homes have risen over the years, as well as new construction in the county, according to Boober and Commissioner Dale Manuel.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | August 14, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. -- Tax revenue in Jefferson County was up by $11 million in the 2007-08 fiscal year compared to the previous year, Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober told the Jefferson County Commission Thursday. Taxes collected on real estate and personal property such as automobiles totaled a little more than $52 million compared to the $41.1 million taken in during the 2006-07 fiscal year, Boober said. The increase can be attributed to increasing tax bills as the values of homes have risen over the years, as well as new construction in the county, according to Boober and Commissioner Dale Manuel.
NEWS
by DON AINES | November 8, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg School Board is scheduled to vote tonight on a property tax relief proposal that would provide a homestead exemption of $259 for most homeowners in its first year, although an increase in the earned income tax would result in many households paying more taxes. The district's local tax study commission held a public hearing Tuesday night on its tax reform proposal which, if accepted by the board, will be placed on the May 15 primary ballot to be approved or rejected by district voters.
NEWS
by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | February 14, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A bill backed by area lawmakers to give tax relief to elderly residents, particularly those now facing skyrocketing property tax bills in the Eastern Panhandle, cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday on a voice vote, according to state Sen. John Yoder, the bill's lead sponsor. If enacted, Senate Bill 53 would allow county commissions across the state to decide whether to allow residents ages 65 and older to avoid paying increases in residential property taxes during the remaining years of their life.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 25, 2007
HEDGESVILLE, W.VA. - County leaders and state lawmakers representing Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties agreed Tuesday to continue to work together to try to reach a solution to help older property owners avoid ever-increasing tax bills. Del. Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, and State Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, said they were willing to lead a renewed effort to gain regional consensus for a plan to revise the homestead exemption, a tax benefit for residents age 65 and older. "There's many flavors of this legislation," Blair said at a daylong legislative summit held at The Woods Resort west of Hedgesville.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 15, 2011
Legislation concerning MARC commuter train funding and reform of homestead exemption for seniors were among proposals introduced last week by Eastern Panhandle lawmakers at the beginning of the 80th West Virginia Legislature. Whether it passes or not, the reintroduction of a proposal to create the Commuter Rail Access Act is needed to keep the spotlight on the MARC funding issue, state Sen. Herb Snyder said Friday. “We simply cannot ignore this issue,” said Snyder, D-Jefferson/Berkeley, who is sponsoring Senate Bill 58 with state Sens.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSLEY | August 11, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Their stories, John Unger believes, are sad and becoming too common. Retirees and senior citizens are finding it harder to live in the Eastern Panhandle because of a high cost of living, including increasing tax assessments, said Unger, D-Berkeley. To address the concerns, Unger is holding an event he described as a rally/forum Friday at the Quality Inn in Martinsburg, starting at 2 p.m. The hotel is on Edwin Miller Boulevard.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 15, 2011
Legislation concerning MARC commuter train funding and reform of homestead exemption for seniors were among proposals introduced last week by Eastern Panhandle lawmakers at the beginning of the 80th West Virginia Legislature. Whether it passes or not, the reintroduction of a proposal to create the Commuter Rail Access Act is needed to keep the spotlight on the MARC funding issue, state Sen. Herb Snyder said Friday. “We simply cannot ignore this issue,” said Snyder, D-Jefferson/Berkeley, who is sponsoring Senate Bill 58 with state Sens.
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By DAVE McMILLION | September 7, 2010
BOONSBORO -- A recycling service for the county, improvements to Monroe Road and the homestead exemption are among the issues the Boonsboro Town Council plans to discuss with the Washington County Commissioners on Sept. 28. Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. asked council members during their regular meeting Tuesday night to come up with a list of issues they hope to discuss with the commissioners during the 7 p.m. meeting in the Eugene C. Smith Community Center in Shafer Park.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 3, 2009
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. -- State Senate Finance Committee chairman Walt Helmick said Tuesday that he believes a $100 million deficit projected for West Virginia state government by the end of the current budget year is a "conservative figure" that could actually get higher. In an interview after he and other area lawmakers met with Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan county commissioners about their legislative priorities, Helmick said the shortfall should not be simply plugged with "rainy day" money that has been reserved for emergencies.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | February 17, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The prospects of a tight budget given the state of the economy haven't stopped Eastern Panhandle lawmakers from renewing long-standing efforts to get financial help for teachers and seniors in the first session of the 79th Legislature. A bill that would allow newly hired teachers for "critical-needs areas" to claim a tax credit was reintroduced Monday, albeit with a new number - Senate Bill 265 - and four new sponsors. "The important thing is to keep the issue on the front burner," said Sen. John R. Unger II, who is the bill's lead sponsor this year.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | August 16, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Tax revenue in Jefferson County was up by $11 million in the 2007-08 fiscal year compared to the previous year, Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober told the Jefferson County Commission Thursday. Taxes collected on real estate and personal property such as automobiles totaled a little more than $52 million compared to the $41.1 million taken in during the 2006-07 fiscal year, Boober said. The increase can be attributed to increasing tax bills as the values of homes have risen over the years, as well as new construction in the county, according to Boober and Commissioner Dale Manuel.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | August 14, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. -- Tax revenue in Jefferson County was up by $11 million in the 2007-08 fiscal year compared to the previous year, Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober told the Jefferson County Commission Thursday. Taxes collected on real estate and personal property such as automobiles totaled a little more than $52 million compared to the $41.1 million taken in during the 2006-07 fiscal year, Boober said. The increase can be attributed to increasing tax bills as the values of homes have risen over the years, as well as new construction in the county, according to Boober and Commissioner Dale Manuel.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 25, 2007
HEDGESVILLE, W.VA. - County leaders and state lawmakers representing Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties agreed Tuesday to continue to work together to try to reach a solution to help older property owners avoid ever-increasing tax bills. Del. Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, and State Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, said they were willing to lead a renewed effort to gain regional consensus for a plan to revise the homestead exemption, a tax benefit for residents age 65 and older. "There's many flavors of this legislation," Blair said at a daylong legislative summit held at The Woods Resort west of Hedgesville.
NEWS
by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | February 14, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A bill backed by area lawmakers to give tax relief to elderly residents, particularly those now facing skyrocketing property tax bills in the Eastern Panhandle, cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday on a voice vote, according to state Sen. John Yoder, the bill's lead sponsor. If enacted, Senate Bill 53 would allow county commissions across the state to decide whether to allow residents ages 65 and older to avoid paying increases in residential property taxes during the remaining years of their life.
NEWS
by DON AINES | November 8, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg School Board is scheduled to vote tonight on a property tax relief proposal that would provide a homestead exemption of $259 for most homeowners in its first year, although an increase in the earned income tax would result in many households paying more taxes. The district's local tax study commission held a public hearing Tuesday night on its tax reform proposal which, if accepted by the board, will be placed on the May 15 primary ballot to be approved or rejected by district voters.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | October 18, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Higher pay for public school teachers, relief from rising property taxes and increased funding for schools are among the issues being pushed by the two candidates running for the 56th House of Delegates seat. Del. Bob Tabb, D-Jefferson will square off against Republican R. Earl Wilbourne in the Nov. 7 general election. Tabb is seeking his third two-year term representing the 56th House of Delegates district, which runs from the Virginia line and cuts through parts of Rippon, Leetown, Summit Point, Charles Town and Ranson.
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