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June 12, 2014

Levy rates go into effect July 1

Commission adopts rates for 2014-15 fiscal year

FAIRMONT — New levy rates in Marion County will go into effect July 1.

During Wednesday’s meeting, commissioners adopted the three levy rates for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The levies for the parks and recreation, public library and mass transit (bus) were passed during the May primary election.

Commissioner Randy Elliott said the public library levy and the mass transit levy rates are the same as the previous year, but the parks and recreation levy has been raised.

“The parks levy was at the same rate as the library levy previously and is now raised to the same rate as the transit levy,” Elliott said. “The transit and MCPARC levies are the same, while the library levy is a little less.”

Elliott said the reason for this raise was because the Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission (MCPARC) has taken on more responsibilities throughout the county. MCPARC has extended rail trails and parks throughout the county.

“They need more funding to be able to do what they do,” he said.

The parks and recreation levy will cost a certain amount of cents per $100 of assessed valuation on each class of property within Marion County. The purpose is to provide funding of the continued operation of the parks and recreation system in Marion County.

The amounts are 2 cents for Class I, 4 cents for Class II, 8 cents for Class III and 8 cents for Class IV per $100.

The public library levy will provide funding for the operation of the Marion County Public Library, which has three locations — one in Fairmont, Mannington and Fairview.

The cost will be 1.5 cents for Class I, 3 cents for Class II, 6 cents for Class III and 6 cents for Class IV per $100 of assessed valuation on each class of property in Marion County.

The mass transit (bus) levy will provide funding for operation of the mass transit program in Marion County. The levy will also be counted in cents per $100 of assessed valuation on each class of property in Marion County.

The cost of each class is 2 cents for Class I, 4 cents for Class II, 8 cents for Class III and 8 cents for Class IV.

Elliott said having these levies in place is very important to MCPARC, the Marion County Public Library System and the Fairmont-Marion County Transit Authority.

“They’ve been successful for many years now and have been approved by the citizens of Marion County for the obvious reasons,” Elliott said. “The levies are important for the quality of life in Marion County.”

County administrator Kris Cinalli said commissioners would have adopted the levies sooner but because the May primary election results were not certified until last week, they couldn’t adopt them.

In other business:

• The City of Pleasant Valley donated $8,000 to the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. Commissioners approved a motion to place that money into the law enforcement training and education budget for the sheriff’s department.

• Commissioners approved a request from the Town of White Hall to remove Melissa Marko from the Marion County Development Authority Board and appointed William E. Phillips Jr. as her replacement.

• Commissioners approved a request from Valley Falls Public Service District to re-appoint Jim Witt to the Valley Falls PSD Board.

Email Emily Gallagher at egallagher@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @EGallagherTWV.

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