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CCAWV 2020 Policy Statements:

Fiscal Issues

CCAWV is supportive of initiatives that have a positive effect on county funding allowing counties to generate their own funding needs and oppose those initiatives that take funding away from county programs and services.

Regional Jail Costs

CCAWV will continue to work with the WV Legislature and the WV Regional Jail Authority to identify additional revenue sources and jail population reduction methods in a unified effort to maximize the efficient use of tax dollars for incarceration of regional jail inmates.

Unfunded Mandates

In these challenging economic times, CCAWV will defend against unfunded mandates legislatively or administratively passed on to local governments.  CCAWV will evaluate and determine our position on any legislation that affects county finances.

Substance Abuse Treatment

Substance abuse is an extremely critical problem and impediment to the workforce in WV and a major factor in the escalating burden on our criminal justice system.  CCAWV supports efforts to increase and enhance available treatment. 

CCAWV 2020 Legislative Priorities

  • Support legislation that will allow counties to enact a local 1% county sales tax. 
  • Support legislation to allow county commissioners an ongoing mechanism to consider compensation increases for elected county officials every two years in an amount up to the increase in the annual Consumer Price Index published in the United Stated Department of Commerce over the prior two years or three percent, whichever is greater. 
  • Support legislation to eliminate the property roll back tax calculation. This would eliminate the section of code that requires a reduction (roll back) in the regular current expense levy rate when the appraisal of property values results in a tax increase of more than 110% of the prior year projected property tax revenues. 
  • Support legislation that would allow for collection and distribution of hotel motel taxes from AirBnB lodging. 

  CCAWV Supports:

  • Amending of HB2654 to specifically add “community or senior center organizations” regarding disposal of community property. 
  • Support adequate state funding for fully staffing the West Virginia State Police Lab. 
  • Legislation allowing County Commissioners to be a member of PSD Board. 
  • Support reduction of time limit on properties disposed for unpaid taxes from 18 months to 12 months. 
  • Support the addition of Lewis County to the Mountaineer Trail Network. 
  • Support of 5 year timeframe on municipalities to reapply for annexation in a county. 
  • Exemption of agricultural buildings from state building codes. 

  CCAWV Opposes:

  • Shifting of PSC Rate Regulation from PSC to County Commissioners.

Please Note:  These legislative positions are generally stated and do not preclude CCAWV from re-evaluating each proposed legislative bill for “Support” or “Opposition” based on the bill’s actual language and its resulting effect on county government.

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