WVSBA

January 26, 2018 - Volume 38 Issue 3

WVSBA News

 

Several members of the West Virginia School Board Association (WVSBA) Executive Board participated in a conference call Thursday with Dave Hardy Secretary of the Department of Revenue. The conference call, at the invitation of Hardy and the governor’s office, focused on the proposed Just Cut Taxes & Win (JCTAW) Constitutional Amendment.

The WVSBA Executive Board will issue a statement on the proposed amendment next week and is expected to provide “strong support” for the measure, according to association Executive Director Howard M. O’Cull.

“Although coalitions have formed to support the proposed amendment the association’s Executive Board must give the first blessing,” said O’Cull. If the Executive Board concurs WVSBA may participate in coalition activities. 

In the conference call Hardy provided information about the proposed constitutional amendment which would reduce and ultimately eliminate ad valorem taxation of current tangible industrial machinery, equipment and inventory personal property directly used in industrial business activities. (The amendment clarifies tangible industrial personal property of public service companies would continue to be taxed.)

As part of the 45-minute presentation Hardy said the amendment would exempt new tangible industrial machinery, equipment and inventory personal property directly used in industrial business activity (except for that imposed on tangible industrial personal property of public service companies) purchased on and after July 1, 2019, from ad valorem taxation.

The Secretary said the amendment would replace revenue to the schools, municipalities, counties, the state, other levying bodies and levies reduced because of the assessed value stepdown and ultimate elimination of the ad valorem tax on tangible industrial machinery and equipment personal property directly used in industrial business activity.

In regard to public education, Hardy stated the governor would be prohibited from line item vetoing or reducing replacement revenue in the budget bill required by this amendment for the schools, municipalities, counties, the State, other levying bodies and levies. By placing this language in the state Constitution county boards and other governing bodies are assured funds will not be reduced.

Based on Executive Committee action WVSBA legislative chairman Ryan White (Kanawha) and O’Cull, are responsible for monitoring the legislation. Last week the Executive Committee also agreed that, to enhance monitoring, White and O’Cull have been authorized to secure additional assistance from Larry Pack Jr., who represents PackGovernment Solutions LLC which is located in Powellton (Fayette County).

Hardy is meeting with the West Virginia Association of School Administrators today at their conference in Bridgeport.

WVSBA Executive Board members participating in the conference call included:

  • Barbara L. Parsons, Ed.D. (Monongalia), West Virginia School Board Association President. Dr. Parsons serves as president of the Monongalia County Board of Education.
  • Lori E. Kestner (Marshall), WVSBA Vice President.
  • Christine “Chris” Carder (Ohio), WVSBA Director at large .
  • Michelle Chappell, WVSBA Region 6 Co-regional director.
  • Pete Gordon (Morgan), WVSBA Region 8 Co-regional director.
  • Gary Kable (Jefferson), WVSBA Past President FY14.
  • Mike Mitchem (McDowell), WVSBA Past President FY11.
  • Karen Nance (Cabell), WVSBA Region 2 Co-regional director.
  • A.J. Rogers (Nicholas). Mr. Rogers also serves as W. Va. Association of School Administrators Executive Director.
  • Mary Jo Thomas (Marion), WVSBA Region 7 Co-regional Director.

O’Cull, White and Pack participated from Hardy’s office.  

The matter will be discussed at the association’s Winter Conference which will be held in mid-February.

WVSBA Winter Conference

Plans are shaping for the West Virginia School Board Association’s 2018 Winter Conference.

At the request of the WVSBA Executive Committee, the State Superintendent of Schools was invited as keynote speaker. The association learned early this week he cannot attend due to other commitments. State Board of Education members are being invited, according to Howard M. O’Cull, Ed.D., WVSBA Executive Director.

O’Cull said other education officials are being invited.

The conference features a discussion of the proposed Just Cut Taxes & Win (JCTAW) Constitutional Amendment.

Final conference program segments will relate to how county boards can adapt to change.

A tentative conference agenda will be forwarded soon.

Association Executive Committee

The WVSBA Executive Committee is comprised of Barbara L. Parsons, Ed.D., (Monongalia), President; Scotty W. Miley (Grant), President-Elect; Lori E. Kestner (Marshall), Vice President; White; Sam P. Sentelle, Ed.D. (Putnam), Immediate Past President; Jim J. Crawford Sr. (Kanawha), Past President (2014-2015), who serves as an adviser to the Committee, and O’Cull who is an ex officio non-voting member of the Committee.