When Reforming State Tax Structure, Lawmakers Can't Put Burden on Counties

Clarksburg Exponent Telegram - Tax reform is a difficult proposition. If it were easy, we'd have done it years ago. Read

Currently, the legislative Select Committee for Fair Taxation has held a couple of meetings in Charleston on reforming the state's tangled tax code and many county officials are holding their collective breath.

The Charleston Gazette recently reported that a large focus of the reform package might include reduced property taxes, which are a main source of revenue for counties and county school boards.

According to the Gazette, counties are projecting a large decline in severance taxes in the coming year due to the flagging coal industry and the slowdown in gas drilling.

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