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Introduced Version House Joint Resolution 30 History

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HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 30

(By Delegates Marcum, Moore, White, Stowers, Barill, Hunt, Marshall, Perry, Eldridge, Ferro and Poore)


[Introduced February 25, 2013; referred to the Committee on Constitutional Revision then Finance.]




Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of West Virginia, amending article X thereof, by adding thereto a new section, designated section twelve, relating to allowing counties, cities and municipal corporations to approve, by a vote of the people, levies and excess levies by a simple majority of the votes cast for and against the same, notwithstanding any other provision of the Constitution to the contrary; numbering and designating such proposed amendment; and providing a summarized statement of the purpose of such proposed amendment.
    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia, two thirds of the members elected to each house agreeing thereto:
    That the question of ratification or rejection of an amendment to the Constitution of the State of West Virginia be submitted to the voters of the state at the next general election to be held in the year 2014, which proposed amendment is that article X thereof, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section twelve to read as follows:
ARTICLE X. TAXATION AND FINANCE.
§12. Simple majority approval for county, city and municipal corporation tax levies.
____Notwithstanding the provisions of sections one, seven or eight of this article relating to a vote of the people on proposed tax levies, or any other provisions of this Constitution, a county, city or municipal corporation may increase tax levies for purposes as provided by law, if when submitted to a vote of the people of the county, city or municipal corporations in the manner provided by law, the question of increasing tax levies is approved by a majority of the votes cast for and against the same.
____Resolved further, That in accordance with provisions of article eleven, chapter three of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, the proposed amendment is hereby numbered "Amendment No. 1" and designated as "The Simple Majority Levy Approval Amendment" and the purpose of the proposed amendment is summarized as follows: "To allow a simple majority approval for all county, city and municipal levies."


    NOTE: The purpose of this Joint Resolution is to amend the State Constitution to allow simple majority approval for county, city and municipal tax levies.


    §12 is new; therefore, it has been completely underscored.
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