Under West Virginia Law (§7-1-3), County Commissions have the superintendence and administration of the fiscal affairs of their county. Governmental budgets in West Virginia must maintain a state of being balanced from their submission to the State Auditor’s Office through the end of each Fiscal Year, and this requirement covers both of the County’s major funds: General and Coal Severance.
The budget process begins each January when notices are delivered to each elected official, department head, and outside agencies. Budget submissions are due by the beginning of March, which is also when the Assessor completes the process of valuing all personal and real property in the county. The budget is determined and the levy rate is set by the Commission during the period between the 3rd and the 28th day of March. The budget (also known as the levy estimate) is forwarded to the State Auditor’s Office for approval, and following that, the Commission reconvenes on the 3rd Tuesday in April to officially lay the levy. This task entails a final approval of the levy rate, which dictates the property tax rate for all real property in the County.
With the levy rate approved, the State Auditor’s Office directs the Assessor to enter the property tax rate into the county property tax books. Once completed, these are turned over to the Sheriff of the County so property tax bills may be prepared and mailed. Individuals owning personal or real property in the county receive these bills, usually by the second week in July. West Virginia law permits a discount to be applied to tax bills which are paid ahead of time, the deadline for first half (or full) payment is at the end of August and the deadline for the second half payments is the end of March of the following year.
Unlike several neighboring states, West Virginia Counties use a levy system that generally guarantees a steady revenue from ad valorem taxes. When property assessments rise the levy rate automatically adjusts downward. If assessments fall the levy rate automatically rises. The process ensures that a County Commission may expect 101% of the previous year’s revenues from ad valorem taxes. In Jefferson County ad valorem revenues make up roughly half of the budget: the remaining revenues come from video lottery, building permits, property transfer tax, hotel occupancy tax, and a host of lesser taxes and fees.
Detailed information regarding Ambulance Fees is located on the Ambulance Fee departmental webpage. That information includes: How to make your payment; the Ambulance Service Fee Ordinance; the 2017 Ambulance Fee Analysis; and other related documents and forms.
Detailed information regarding Impact Fees is located on the Engineering webpage. Pursuant to the Jefferson County Impact Fees Procedures Ordinance, Section 6.A(1), "at least once every year not later than January 31st of each year, beginning in the year 2005, and prior to County Commission's adoption of the Annual Budget and Capital Improvements Program, the Impact Fee Coordinator or a designee chosen by the Impact Fee Coordinator shall coordinate the preparation and submission of an Annual Report to the County Executive and County Commission on the subject of impact fees."
Expenditures by Funding Source
This report shows revenues and expenditures by funding source. The report was prepared to increase transparency and identify expenditures that are statutorily required to be funded by tax revenue or are funded by dedicated revenue sources.
- FY19-FY21 Expenditures by Funding Source-Draft Budget FY21
- FY16-FY18 Expenditures by Funding Source
- FY16-FY18 Expenditures by Funding Source-(re-sort)
- FY17-FY19 Expenditures by Funding Source
This report is a re-sort of Expenditures by Funding source. It includes transfers to the capital outlay fund that are for statutorily required departments.
FY21 Budget Documents
- FY21 Public Forum Slides
- FY21 Public Forum Handout
- FY21 Budget Document-DRAFT
- FY21 Budget Highlights Message
- FY21 Budget Presentation Schedule
- FY21 Budget Process Calendar
- FY21 Budget Charge Memo
FY20 Budget Documents
- FY20 Levy Order & Rate Sheet-Approved
- FY20 Publication - Approved
- FY20 Levy Calculation and Budget - Approved
- FY20 Budget Summary - with Commission Cuts as of 3-21-2019
- FY20 Budget Document-DRAFT
- FY20 Budget Presentation Schedule
- FY20 Budget Charge Memo
- FY20 Budget Process Calendar
- FY20 Five Year Projections (FY20-FY24)
- FY20 Five Year Projections by Funding Source (FY20-FY24)
- FY20 Levy Rates by County - History
Historical Budget Documents
- FY 2019 Levy Calculation and Budget -Approved
- FY 2019 Budget Message
- FY 2019 Levy Order and Rate Sheet Approved
- FY 2018 Budget Highlights
- FY 2018 Approved Final Budget by Department
- FY 2018 Levy Calculation and Budget
- FY 2017 Levy Calculation and Budget
- FY 2017 Budget Highlights
- FY 2016 Budget Summary and Narrative
- FY 2016 Levy Calculation and Budget
- FY 2015 Budget Summary and Narrative
- FY 2015 Levy Calculation and Budget
- FY 2014 Levy Calculation and Budget
- FY 2013 Levy Calculation and Budget