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by DAVE McMILLION | January 26, 2006
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The race for three open seats on the Jefferson County Board of Education is getting crowded. Three more candidates offering backgrounds ranging from teaching to business have filed papers in the Jefferson County Clerk's office to run for the three board of education seats currently held by Lori Stilley, Delores Milstead and Cheryl Huff. Stilley, Milstead and Huff filed for re-election on the first day of the filing period.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | December 3, 2012
Finding ways to stem the spiraling cost of running the regional jail remains a top legislative concern of county leaders in the Eastern Panhandle. Jail costs for Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties totaled more than $4.8 million for the 2011-12 fiscal year, which ended June 30, according to figures reviewed Monday at an annual summit of the region's state lawmakers and county officials. The combined regional jail costs of the three counties accounted for more than 10 percent of the statewide figure of $45.5 million, but Vivian Parsons of the County Commissioners' Association of West Virginia told the group that the issue is a major concern for counties across the state, too. In reviewing the figures, Parsons noted Berkeley County saw a 24 percent increase in jail costs since the 2010 fiscal year, while Morgan County had to absorb an 18 percent spike.
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by DON AINES | November 10, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - There will be winners and losers in school property tax reform if voters in the Chambersburg Area School District approve a proposal to offset lower real estate tax revenues with higher earned income taxes. The Chambersburg School Board on Wednesday unanimously approved a recommendation by a tax study commission to raise the district's earned income tax from .5 percent to 1.2 percent in the 2007-08 school year, in exchange for a $259 homestead exemption for thousands of qualified homes.
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by DON AINES | October 13, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - More than 52,000 Franklin County property owners will receive applications this month to qualify their homes and farms for school tax reform relief, but lower real estate taxes could be a few years down the road. By Oct. 18, the 501 schools districts in Pennsylvania must send applications for homestead and farmstead exclusions to property owners, according to a timeline for the Homeowner Tax Relief Act. A second mailing will go out by Dec. 31 to those who have not returned applications to county tax assessment offices, according to Gary Martin, Franklin County's chief appraiser.
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April 16, 2004
Americans are killing themselves To the editor: Decades ago, Nikita Khrushchev made the statement that "America would kill itself. " At the time, I thought he didn't know what he was talking about. However, over the past 20 years, our country has gone downhill in many, many ways. One of our problems is the pollution we have inflicted upon our land, waters, air and ourselves. Just ride down the road. Or better yet, walk down any road and take a look at the trash thrown everywhere.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | September 9, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Beginning today at noon, area residents will have the opportunity to avoid the 300-plus-mile trip to Charleston, W.Va., to gain a little insight on just how the state Legislature works, if only in the off-season. In addition to the 60-day regular session that begins each year in January, lawmakers are expected to take part in interim committee meetings, which are held to study issues and potential legislation. All of the meetings, which will be held today through Tuesday afternoon at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg and other locations in the Eastern Panhandle, are open to the public, and elected officials are hoping area residents attend and participate in the sessions.
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By DON AINES | November 30, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. Homeowners in the Chambersburg Area School District might pay less in real estate taxes in 2008-09 as Pennsylvania's slot machine casinos are expected to bring in sufficient revenue that funds can be distributed to school districts for property tax relief. The exact amount will not be known until spring, said Business Manager Rick Vensel. Based on the allocation formula, which takes into account different components of income, tax rates, expenditures and aid for each district, Chambersburg will receive less than most of the 501 school districts in the state, he said.
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by ROBERT SNYDER | April 27, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - It's the growth, stupid. Paraphrasing the line that propelled Arkansas governor and 1992 Democratic candidate Bill Clinton into the White House seems the most apt analogy to describe the significance of this issue among the five candidates vying for the Republican nomination in the race for Berkeley County Commissioner this year. Berkeley County is growing and at a rate more than three times the national average, according to recent Census Bureau estimates, which placed it 56th on the list of the fastest growing localities in the United States.
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by ROBERT SNYDER | April 26, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The future for Berkeley County will be shaped by how the region's tremendous rate of growth is addressed, according to the six candidates vying for one open seat on the Berkeley County Commission in the upcoming election. The candidates, five Republicans and one Democrat, are split down the middle on the contentious issue of zoning, with some candidates likening a zoning ordinance to the use of eminent domain. The five Republicans will face off in the May 9 primary, with the winner competing in November's general election against Sonny Brown, the Democrat.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | December 8, 2010
The biggest and most expensive issue facing the Eastern Panhandle will be the region’s role in the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay, a state senator told those gathered at a legislative forum Wednesday. New federal Environmental Protection Agency rules could cost area counties from $180 million to $240 million in wastewater plant upgrades, state Sen. Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson/Berkeley, told about 65 Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce members and guests attending the event at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center.
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