Philippi Council considers new fee

PHILIPPI – Philippi City Council is considering attaching a new fee onto moving ticket violations within city limits to raise revenue, officials said.

The additional fee would generate funds for the equipment and training needs of the Philippi Police Department, but Mayor Jerry Mouser said the change will require an ordinance.

Mouser said the fee increase ordinance will be presented at a future meeting. Elkins and Buckhannon already have such a fee in place, he said, adding that he believes $60 can be charged.

Also during the City Council meeting:

– A change was proposed by the Historic Landmark Commission regarding its membership requirements.

The group wants to loosen the restriction on its membership so that members do not have to be residents of Philippi. No action was taken by Council on the issue.

“We will need to discuss it further with the city attorney and come back to council for a vote,” Mouser said,

– City Council approved the property levy rates for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. For class one properties, the final approved rate is $12.10 per $100. For class two properties, that rate is $24.20 per $100. For class four properties the rate is $48.40 per $100. Mouser said those rates are not an increase from this year’s levy rates.

– An amendment to the Rainy Day Fund ordinance was approved on its second and final reading. Council voted to increase the maximum withdrawal allotment from 15 and 20 percent to 75 percent for emergencies, capital projects or grant-matching withdrawals from the funds.

The Rainy Day Fund, in its entirety, cannot exceed 30 percent of the general fund balance. Withdrawals must be approved by Council.