The Times West Virginian

January 9, 2013

Rivesville faces tough budget choices

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

RIVESVILLE — With the closing of the Rivesville Power Plant, the town of Rivesville is going to have to make some difficult decisions to keep the budget balanced.

At its monthly council meeting Tuesday night, the Rivesville Town Council talked about possible revenue generation and encouraged people to participate in the town’s upcoming elections.

“With the power station shutting down, the town’s going to be in trouble,” said Mayor Jim Hershman. “We cannot run this town without money.”

At the height of its operation, the power plant contributed some $120,000 to the town in various taxes every year, Hershman said. Last year, it was $20,000, with much of that in the form of a one-time payment from the state for lost tax revenue.

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