West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 West Virginia State Tax Commissioner Announces Property Assessment Review of Twelve Counties

3/18/2011

CHARLESTON, W.V. — West Virginia State Tax Commissioner Craig A. Griffith announced today that property assessments will be reviewed in twelve West Virginia counties during 2011.

As part of the West Virginia State Tax Department’s Statewide Property Tax Equalization Study, independent appraisers will review property assessments on behalf of the State of West Virginia. These appraisers will be distinguished by an identification card which includes a photograph of the individual appraiser and identifies the individual as a contractor of the State Tax Department.

As part of the appraisers’ duties, field personnel will review land values, neighborhood boundaries, data collection, and sold vs. unsold properties. The appraisers will also perform an assessment/sales ratio study. To validate sales, the appraisers will make phone calls or send questionnaires to the buyer, seller, or other person(s) with adequate knowledge of the sale. The appraisers’ questions will concern the actual sale. They will not ask for any personal information.

The appraisers will also conduct field work within the counties, meaning that they may be observing or taking pictures of certain houses that are part of the equalization study. All field personnel and their vehicles are registered with the County Sheriff’s office, local police departments, and County Assessor’s office in which the equalization study is being performed. If any property owner questions the validity of an appraiser, the property owner should contact his or her County Assessor’s office.

“The purpose of this project is to evaluate the quality of property assessments in all fifty-five of the State’s counties,” Commissioner Griffith said. ”In order to do this, approximately two- thirds of the State’s counties have been subject to review in each of the previous two years.” This is the third and final year of the project with the remaining twelve counties to be completed.

The following twelve counties are to be reviewed in 2011 as part of this multi-year project:

Boone County
Fayette County
Kanawha County
Lincoln County
Logan County
McDowell County
Mercer County
Mingo County
Raleigh County
Summers County
Wayne County
Wyoming County

For additional information regarding the property assessment project, property owners can contact the State Tax Department at (304) 558-3940.

Contact Information

Heather Cochran
304-558-0211