Senators kick off debate over possible property tax cuts

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

January 31, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Senators took a first look at a resolution that could later allow them to cut taxes on motor vehicles and other personal property.

The Senate Judiciary Committee discussed the resolution for about three hours Thursday afternoon before a majority of members voted to pass it. It now goes to the Senate Finance Committee for more discussion of its possible financial effects.

Final passage would require two-thirds majorities in both houses of the Legislature. Then West Virginia citizens would vote on an amendment because property taxes are embedded in the state Constitution.

Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow reminded senators that because the public vote on any amendment would come prior to any legislative decision on cutting a tax, there would be a lag in any effect.