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Photo by Joselyn King Melissa Thompson, Community Development Specialist for the City of Wheeling, presents the Northern Panhandle Home Consortium Annual Report to Ohio County Commissioners.

WHEELING – Ohio County and the rest of West Virginia counties continue to wait for tax assessment data usually provided to them by the State Department of Taxation in Charleston, which is having staffing issues .

“We still have the problem that state tax assessors probably won’t be able to certify values ​​in time,” Ohio County Administrator Randy Russell said.

“They are still working on it. For now, I don’t know if there is a solution.

County employees use the numbers to determine the bills sent to taxpayers and to establish the county budget.

Ohio County Assessor Tiffany Hoffman said the only word she hears is that “most counties have gone down significantly” when it comes to their overall property values. As such, using last year’s ratings would not be desirable.

Additionally, the state tax department employee responsible for personal tax assessments resigned, leaving the agency with 11 openings, according to Hoffman.

There was no clarification on what counties should do regarding certification of county numbers, which is due by March 3, she said.

“In our time, getting it right is more important than getting it done on time,” said Commission Chairman Randy Wharton.

He said there was “enough experience in the room to pull together some numbers” should the need arise.

“We can put numbers together — I just don’t know how accurate they can be,” Hoffman said.

The local loss of tax revenue “will likely be in the millions of dollars,” but she was hesitant to give a number. Most local taxes collected in Ohio County go to Ohio County schools, and the school district would be hit hardest by any losses, county officials say.

Additionally, Melissa Thompson, Community Development Specialist for the City of Wheeling, provided the annual report of the Northern Panhandle Home Consortium – an agency tasked with assisting first-time home buyers.

Last year, the consortium was given a budget of $305,207 and helped 22 county families buy homes, according to Thompson.

Commissioners approved a Mountain East Conference basketball hotel and motel tax revenue request for $10,000 in each of the next three years.

The first-ever Heritage Music Winter Blues Weekend received their request for $1,000 for its inaugural event.

Among the county’s community grants, Easter Seals received $1,000 for its “Inclusion on Ice” program; and the Route 2/ I-68 Authority, $4,000 to advance freeway projects in the area.

The commissioners will then meet at 6 p.m. on March 8 at the City-County Building, 1500 Chapline St., Wheeling. The Ohio County Development Authority meets at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Highlands Event Center.

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