Harrison County Assessor, Rocky Romano, said that he was relaying a message from Assistant Attorney General, L. Wayne Williams, for support in the case that could cause revenue losses for education funding as well as the county.
The assessor’s office stated that Antero is making claim that they have been over assessed by $19.1 million in operating expenses.
“The board of Education is the main, the get most of the money from the tax revenue, I think it’s almost 70%,” said Rocky Romano, Harrison County Assessor.
Hanging in the balance currently are the is the 2018 tax revenue values. The assessor’s office stated that the 2017 values are not significant because those tax revenue values did not make its way into the supreme court from the lower courts. .
“If this operating expense situation happens and its deemed in favor of Antero, some counties from what they say could be impacted by 50% or more of their actual revenue and their tax dollars,” said Denise Palmer, Mineral Coordinator for Harrison County Assessor’s Office.
A supreme court hearing will be Tuesday, March 12, at 10 a.m. in Charleston. The Harrison County Assessor’s office said there could be several counties that would be potentially impacted by the ruling setting a precedent statewide.