Randolph Commissioners lay levy rates: ‘No tax increase’

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brad Johnson Randolph County Commissioners, from left, David Kesling, Mark Scott and Chris See lay the levy during a special meeting Tuesday afternoon.

ELKINS — Randolph County Commissioners met in a special session Tuesday afternoon to lay the levy rates, which they were happy to announce will remain the same as in recent years.

“We learned a lot through this budget process,” Commission President Mark Scott said at the beginning of Tuesday’s special meeting. “We said before we got started that we were really going to spend a lot of time looking at the insides and outs of the budget. We began to see that the county was overspending more than they were taking in. We were extremely concerned.

“The first thing was, what can we do as a body to make sure that we’re doing the right things for the voters of Randolph County,” Scott said. “The easy thing to do is to raise taxes. But in our opinion that wasn’t the right thing to do. The right thing to do was to look at our budgets and see what we could do to cut our budgets.

“We met with each elected official, each department head, and we went line by line through this budget to see what we could do. As a result we were able to cut significantly the budget and spending for the new fiscal year. As a result I’m pleased to announce today there will be no tax increase,” he said. “The levy will remain the same as it has for several years.”

“That’s good for the taxpayers and the county residents,” Commissioner Chris See said.

The rates remain at 14.07 percent per $100 for class one property, personal property and public utility; 28.14 percent for class two property, real estate and personal property; and 56.28 percent for class three property — real estate, personal property and public utility; and 56.28 percent for class four property — real estate, personal property and public utility.

The county commission’s regularly scheduled meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the James Cain Courthouse Annex.