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Welcome to CCAWV

Our mission is to "maintain a statewide agency for the purpose of promoting the interest and general welfare of local county government through a variety of communication tools; to represent county government before the West Virginia Legislature, administrative agencies, and the federal government; to educate the public about the value and need for county programs and services; and to facilitate the exchange of problems, ideas and solutions among county officials."

One of CCAWV's legislative priorities for 2014 is identifying and acting on any legislation that could help counties rein in regional jail costs. We support more efficient methods of collecting court costs, redistribution of the real property transfer tax back to the collecting county, and changes to allow ancillary revenue streams to be considered in calculating RJA per diem. Additionally, any legislation that encourages cost-sharing with arresting entities will be supported. We hope to work with the Regional Jail Authority and the Legislature to continue seeking new ways to drive down costs.

CCAWV will maintain the same position as last year on a number of issues that are likely to resurface during the 2014 Legislative session: We support the Simple Majority Amendment for passage of local levies, 911 fees staying in counties, a study resolution to review the entire mental hygiene process, VFD funding mechanisms when the revenue is neutral to counties, and the concept of a future mineral trust fund.

 

Some issues that CCAWV opposes include: The Tangible Personal Property Tax Exemption and Rate Reduction amendment without a replacement revenue source; any increase in the Homestead Exemption that could be detrimental to counties' tax base; any salary increase for 2014.

 

As these meetings continue, we hope commissioners and lawmakers will continue to use this forum to come together and talk about common issues.

It has been a very productive season of roundtables, and we look forward to continuing the conversation!

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