Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 15, 2014

Mercer County residents could see increase in property tax value

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Some Mercer County residents can expect to see an increase in the assessed value of their properties this year, officials said Tuesday.

A series of meetings have been scheduled for February to give citizens an opportunity to appeal their property tax values if they choose to do so, according to County Commission President Mike Vinciguerra.

“The board of review and equalization schedule will be held for anyone to speak if they believe that there is a problem with their property taxes,” Vinciguerra said.

The equalization schedule is held every year but property assessments are only done every three years, Vinciguerra said.

“We can expect to see some increase in assessed values this year,” Todd Kendall, chief officer deputy for Mercer County Assessor Sharon Gearheart, said. “We usually see some increase each year. It just depends. Some people may see a decrease which is rare but possible.”

In other action Tuesday, the commission approved Joyce Jupiter and David Bailey to the Southern Regional Community Corrections Board of Directors.

Jennifer McCormick was also sworn into office Tuesday as the temporary full-time animal control officer.

The commissioners also approved the purchase of a computer for the rescue coordinator at the Mercer County Animal Shelter in the amount of $1,610.

The board of review and equalization schedule will be held on the following dates:

• February 3 at 10 a.m.

• February 7 at 10 a.m.

• February 12 at 11 a.m.

• February 18 at 10 a.m.

• February 21 at 10 a.m.

• February 27 at 10 a.m.