Come July, taxpayers in Ohio County will be paying a little more property tax.
At Tuesday morning’s Board of Education Meeting, three board members, Sarah Koegler, Tim Birch and Christine Carder voted to raise the property tax by one percent.
While the State of West Virginia has not come up with a budget yet, Ohio County Schools has $1.3 million overflow from last year.
Gary Kestner and board president Shane Mallett voted against the increase.
“I know what they said at the meeting was they were worried about the state not setting a budget, and there are rumors there could be up to a four percent decrease funding from the state. But even if that is true we have more than enough from the $1.3 million carryover plus the $600,000 from PEIA to cover those costs,” said Shane Mallett, Ohio County BOE President.
The tax increase will go into effect on July 1.
Last year, the board voted to decrease the tax by two percent due in part to the success of the oil and gas industry.