Cumberland Times-News – Parties both for and against the passage of Amendment 2 turned out at the Mineral County Courthouse on Wednesday evening for a public hearing during which passions occasionally ran high during the discussion.
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The proposal, known as the Property Tax Modernization Amendment, would give the West Virginia Legislature the authority to abolish existing taxes on motor vehicles as well as the personal property taxes for business equipment and inventory. State legislators who drafted the plan say the replacement funds to account for the cuts would come from projected budget surpluses in coming years.
Opponents of the amendment, many of whom are local and state leaders themselves, are concerned about the long-term viability of the measure. Current and former officials representing Mineral County, as well as hopeful ones, spoke on both sides of the issue.
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