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
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.