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July 6, 2005
The developers of the Huntfield subdivision want to get out of paying school impact fees on homes they are building for older residents. Developers in Jefferson County pay an impact fee of $7,279 for every single-family home constructed. The money goes to Jefferson County Schools to help offset the cost of new school facilities required because of population growth. The Charles Town City Council decided to send the issue to the Jefferson County Commission to decide.
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by CANDICE BOSLEY | July 3, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg had the state's second-largest population gain from the years 2000 to 2004, and remains the 10th largest city in West Virginia, according to U.S. Census data released this week. Charles Town, Ranson and Shepherdstown also posted population gains during that four-year period, while Bolivar, Bath, Hedgesville and Harpers Ferry posted small population losses. Martinsburg's population grew by 633 residents, from 14,972 to 15,635.
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by TOM FIREY | May 22, 2005
When I wrote the March 20 op-ed "Does Growth Mean Higher Local Taxes?" I expected it to be controversial. After all, most everyone accepts the idea that Washington County's economic and population growth will require higher local taxes. But, the op-ed asked, if current taxes assessed against a county of 140,000 residents cover the fixed and marginal costs of those residents' services, shouldn't the same rates assessed against 160,000 cover those residents' services? To underscore that point, the op-ed noted that enrollment in Washington County Public Schools is lower today than it was from 1963 to 1977, but the number of county taxpayers, income per capita, and tax base are all much higher.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | May 18, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com RANSON, W.Va. - Ranson City Council members met with the Jefferson County Commission on Tuesday night to try to figure out how more than $500,000 the city has collected in school impact fees can be forwarded to the county. No agreement was reached after a sometimes-tense discussion that lasted around half an hour. Ranson officials want to collect the impact fees on their own and then forward them to the county, while the county wants to directly collect the fees.
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by DAVE McMILLION | May 8, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - More than a year after Jefferson County officials implemented school impact fees, none of the money has been transferred from the City of Ranson (W.Va.) for new homes built in the city, county officials said Wednesday. The Jefferson County Commission and Ranson City Council members have been working on an agreement to collect impact fees in Ranson, but have not been able to finalize a plan, according to the commission.
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by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ | April 15, 2005
daniels@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Washington County outpaced all but four others across the state in population growth last year, at 2 percent, according to Census Bureau figures released Thursday. According to the Census Bureau data, the county's population grew by 2,683 residents from 2003 to 2004, bringing its total population from 136,941 to 139,624. Statewide, Maryland added 45,748 residents last year to grow to 5,558,058 residents. Calvert and Cecil counties, which saw population increases of 2.8 percent from 2003 to 2004, were the state's fastest-growing counties by percentage, followed by Charles (2.7)
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by DAVE McMILLION | November 3, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Republican John Yoder held a commanding lead in the race for a 16th District state Senate seat in Tuesday's general election. With 20 of 29 precincts reporting in Jefferson County, Yoder had 6,981 votes compared to Lance's 6,001 votes, according to incomplete, unofficial results. With 50 of 59 precincts reporting in Berkeley County, Yoder had 13,609 votes to Lance's 8,931. As of presstime, the unofficial totals for the two counties were 20,590 for Yoder and 14,932 for Lance.
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by DAVE McMILLION | November 3, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - With a 7,578 vote margin, Republican John Yoder won a successful bid to return to the state Senate when he defeated Democrat Greg Lance in Tuesday's general election, according to complete, unofficial returns. With all precincts in Jefferson and Berkeley counties reporting, Yoder came away from the race with 27,899 votes compared to Lance's 20,321 votes, according to results. Yoder collected 17,899 votes in Berkeley County and 10,000 votes in Jefferson County and Lance had 11,195 votes in Berkeley County and 9,126 votes in Jefferson County, according to results.
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by DAVE McMILLION | October 20, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Commission candidate Jim Surkamp said Jefferson County is in a "real mess" as the area struggles to serve a growing population. His opponent, Gary Phalen, said he is troubled by the legal battles between government agencies as the county deals with daily issues. Surkamp, a Democrat, and Phalen, a Republican, will face each other in the Nov. 2 general election in the race for the Shepherdstown, W.Va., seat on the commission.
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by DAVE McMILLION | October 15, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - The race for an open seat in the local 16th State Senate district pits two longtime Jefferson County residents who have been active in politics and other issues over the years. Republican John Yoder and Democrat Greg Lance have cited their public service experience as reasons for voters to select them on Nov. 2 to the Senate seat. The 16th Senate District represents all but the southwestern part of Berkeley County and all of Jefferson County.
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