Council, Commission “lay the levy”

City Recorder Randall Sanders and Mayor Robbie Skinner

BUCKHANNON — On Tuesday, both Buckhannon City Council and Upshur County Commission held special meetings for one purpose, to “lay the levy.”

Upshur County Commission met at 9 a.m. on April 19, at the Upshur County Administrative Annex. Following a moment of silent meditation and the Pledge of Allegiance, Commissioners discussed the agenda item Lay the Levy for fiscal year 2023.

County Administrator Carrie Wallace explained, “We have received approval of the levy estimate budget on Monday, April 4 from the auditor’s office and I have received no comments from the public or elected officials or supervisors regarding the budget. So, your levy rate as proposed is 14.3%, which is same it has been in years past.” Commissioner Terry Cutright made the motion to approve the levy with Commissioner Samuel Nolte coming in with the second motion. The commissioners then performed public testing of voting machines in preparation of upcoming voting.

The next regular scheduled Upshur County Commission meeting will be held on Thursday, April 21 at 9 a.m. at the Upshur County Courthouse Annex.

City Council of Buckhannon met at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday inside Council Chambers. The meeting began following a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Robbie Skinner followed, noting, “The purpose of this meeting is to lay the levy for the property tax rates for the fiscal year being 2022-2023.” Mayor Skinner turned it over to Finance Director Amberle Jenkins.

“The budget was adopted by City Council on Thursday, March 17 and published in the newspaper on Thursday, March 24 and Thursday, March 31,” Jenkins said. “We received approval back from the State Auditor’s office and the next step is to lay the levy today. The rates are the same as they were last year at Class 1, 12.5% for regular levy rates and the Charles Gibson Library is 1.5%. The anticipated revenue is $858,331, and for the Charles Gibson Library, it is $105,101 for next year’s anticipated revenue.” A motion for approval was made by councilwoman Pamela Bucklew and City Recorder and councilman Randall Sanders seconded the motion.

The next regular scheduled City Council meeting will be held inside Council Chambers on Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m.

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