Public News Service – The battle over property taxes and education in the Mountain State has intensified as Election Day nears.
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Opponents of Amendments 2 and 4 have argued that funding for public services and local control over education are at stake. West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy executive director Kelly Allen said Amendment 2 would result in a $515 million loss in state revenue by slashing property taxes on vehicles and equipment used for businesses. She noted that property taxes overwhelmingly are used to fund public schools, fire and police departments, libraries and other public services.
Lawmakers have insisted the move would attract more companies to West Virginia, but Allen disagreed.