SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 35
(By Senators Prezioso, Edgell, Stollings, Hall, Laird,
Miller, Chafin, Sypolt, Yost, Boley, Helmick, Green, Foster, Williams, Browning and Klempa)
Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance authorize the study of the distribution of municipal property taxes.
Whereas, Municipalities are struggling with increasing costs to provide basic and critical emergency services needed to attract and maintain economic development; and
Whereas, Municipalities are also increasing service fees to continue basic municipal services such as water, sewer, roads, sidewalks, snow removal and trash services; and
Whereas, The distribution of property taxes in West Virginia is antiquated, inequitable and penalizes municipal citizens; and
Whereas, Many municipal taxpayers are contributing a larger amount to the unicorporated areas of the state than to their own city; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Legislature hereby requests the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to authorize the study of the distribution of municipal property taxes; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2012, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.