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Our mission is to "maintain a statewide agency for the purpose of promoting the interest and general welfare of local county government through a variety of communication tools; to represent county government before the West Virginia Legislature, administrative agencies, and the federal government; to educate the public about the value and need for county programs and services; and to facilitate the exchange of problems, ideas and solutions among county officials."

Governor Tomblin remedied this by calling a short Special Session of the Legislature on Friday, March 14th. During this session lawmakers passed SB 1005, which essentially was the salary bill that had come out of House Finance. Importantly, it included the amended auditor’s test that CCAWV had fought so hard for. Moving forward, Commissioners will be working with the Auditor’s office to ensure that this is a fair test for all counties.

Other bills that did make it through that will affect counties include:

•SB 307 – Authorizing community corrections programs to operate pretrial release programs (hopefully a means of containing skyrocketing regional jail costs)

•SB 314 – Appropriating hotel occupancy tax proceeds to counties with no more than one hospital (this specifically affects Tucker county)

•SB 359 – Reducing from 5% to 3% the hand canvassing requirements of electronic voting machines (This bill was parked on the regular house calendar to die, but urging from Jim & Vivian netted a compromise to revive the bill and gain its ultimate passage.)

•SB 375 – Excluding certain personal property from TIF assessment (this excludes difficult-to-track property such as personal ATVs and campers)

•SB 439 – Permitting Ohio County Commission levy special district excise tax for Fort Henry

•SB 457 – Requiring programs for temporarily detained inmates in regional jails (another measure to keep

regional jail costs down, this will enable DOC inmates to begin court-appointed classes in regional jails as soon as they are sentenced, rather than waiting until they can be placed in a DOC facility)

All told, the 2014 legislative session was a successful one for CCAWV members. Vivian and Jim, along with the support of the membership, managed to keep counties out of several pieces of legislation that could have been financially damaging, or made Commissioners’ duties unnecessarily more complex.

The importance of membership involvement cannot be understated! Those phone calls made and emails sent by Commissioners are crucial to the success of CCAWV’s efforts at the Capitol. Vivian and Jim worked tirelessly to pursue Commissioners’ interests, but they could not have done it alone.

Thanks to everyone’s hard work, Commissioners can rest easy, at least until next year.

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