The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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March 13, 2013

Raleigh BOE approves levy estimate

2013-14 rates are to remain the same as the current fiscal year

BECKLEY — In a special meeting Tuesday, the Raleigh County Board of Education approved the 2013-14 levy estimate to be submitted to the West Virginia Board of Education and the Department of Tax and Revenue.

The rates will remain the same as the current fiscal year.

Rates for Class I properties for the 2013-14 fiscal year will be 19.4 cents per $100 assessed.

Class II tax will be 38.80 cents per $100, and Class III and IV will be 77.6 cents.

The total county property assessed by the Raleigh County Assessor’s Office for tax purposes total $3.164 billion.

Darrin Butcher, Raleigh County Schools treasurer and chief school business official, said property evaluations have grown consistently since at least 1992.

Moreover, fiscal year 2013-14 shows a significant increase of 8.82 percent, or $254.7 million, the largest increase in evaluation since the 2009-10 fiscal year.

The revenues raised by the levy will allow the board of education to fund a significant portion of the county’s education expenses.

If these rates are approved at the state level, the Raleigh County Board of Education expects to see a total of $40.5 million in revenue from property tax. Last year they received $37 million.

Residents’ total tax bills are determined by the county assessor’s office.

The Raleigh County Board of Education will meet at 9 a.m., April 16, to vote on the levy rate.


In the regular meeting of the board of education Tuesday, the board welcomed new students representative Carlee Frye, Shady Spring High School senior.

Frye holds a 4.0 GPA and is a member of College Summit, National Honor Society and student council. She plans to attend Marshall University as a pre-med major.

Sharing her positive experiences at high school, Frye said Shady High teachers are willing to stay after school to help tutor students who need help. In addition, she said using iPads to learn French II with Rosetta Stone has been a positive experience.

“Rosetta Stone corrects you immediately if you pronounce something wrong. You spend the class in your own little world learning,” she said.

She asked the board to provide more iPads for more courses and to consider adding new classrooms and a third lunch to deal with the school’s ever growing population.

Her sociology teacher had nearly 50 kids in one class, she said.

Superintendent Jim Brown assured her the district is moving toward one-to-one computing and working on solutions to overcrowding at both Shady Elementary and Shady High Schools.

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