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I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer with lots of outdoor activities with family and friends. But, please take a break on August 9-11 to attend the annual conference of the County Commissioners Association to be held at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown. We need you to help us make important decisions concerning County Commissions in West Virginia. Your input is very valuable. Please take care of your reservations NOW!

I look forward to seeing all of you there!

When the Fayette County Beautification Committee demolishes a dilapidated, abandoned structure, those living near the site often tell them of others in the area that should meet the same fate.

“Every time one goes down, we hear about one or two more that need to go,” said Angela Gerald, project director for the committee. “It really does look 100 percent better.”

The committee has been using one of the West Virginia Housing Development Fund’s signature programs for the last few years. To date, Gerald said her committee has razed 10 structures. Thanks to a bill passed during the 2015 Session of the West Virginia Legislature and signed into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, the program is evolving.

CCAWV’s annual conference and the State Auditor’s training is quickly approaching! This year, the conference will take place at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, August 9th through the 11th.

This year’s meeting theme is “Play Ball!” We encourage you to wear t-shirts or jerseys in support of your favorite team to the evening events.

Please plan to join us for our Sunday evening “Kickoff” reception, featuring special guest speaker Tony Caridi! We are excited to have Mr. Caridi, “the most recognizable sports voice” in West Virginia, join us! We couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to begin our program, and are thrilled he is able to join us.

The CCAWV Board of Directors and Legislative Committee convened in Martinsburg (Berkeley County) on Sunday, May 17th for their spring meeting. Berkeley County Council President, Doug Copenhaver, and council member Elaine Mauck were on hand to greet their fellow commissioners and welcome the group to lovely Berkeley County.

The spring meeting provides an opportunity to discuss the recently wrapped Legislative Session. CCAWV’s lobbyist, Steve Kominar, was there to give his prospective on the session and report on CCAWV’s legislative priorities.

The West Virginia Legislature has formed a Joint Select Committee on Tax Reform. The committee, co-chaired by Senator Mike Hall and Delegate Eric Nelson, began meeting in April and has held a number of public meetings since.

After receiving a thorough education on the history of taxes and tax reform in West Virginia, they listened to reports from an academic panel comprised of representatives from both WVU and Marshall’s Economic Research departments.

The discussion, which CCAWV has been following closely, recently turned to tax reform methodologies used by other states. The Committee has reviewed the highlights and pitfalls of neighboring states, and has examined West Virginia’s previous efforts at tax reform. In their efforts to “leave no stone unturned”, the June meeting will first feature a discussion on the mechanics of property taxes before it turns to county and municipal taxes. CCAWV has been invited to speak to the committee to discuss some of the concerns counties may have with tax reform, as well as discuss some of the fiscal challenges already facing many of West Virginia’s counties. Nancy Cartmill, CCAWV President and Cabell County Commissioner, and Jack David Woodrum, CCAWV Legislative Chairman and Summers County Commissioner will be representing the association at the meeting. We thank them for taking time from their busy schedules to stand up for counties! We will be following the work of the committee very closely in the coming months, and encourage Commissioners to do the same!

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