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II II Single Copy Price-50= (47= plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5882) Published by and for Gllmer County People ! America is at war to bring peace to the world. May our armed forces in Iraq be kept A G i i m e r Technology yte safe, including the Gilmer County soldiers on page 6 in this issue! Me Started' -- A Clark. Page 6 Chancellor "tother stupid act. Page 3 teams lose, but I moments! Pages 4 & Goings FLAG UNIT Flag Unit will appear in High School Home- 3n Fri., Oct, 3 at 1:30 points out that all plan to participate by 1:00 p.m. The in the Pizza Hut Main Street. All Veter- Bring a Veteran. CANCER Breast Cancer Breast Cancer Aware- 6, at Glenville Trin- noon. All are en- er County is one of the fifteen occurring around the the month. Gilmer for Women...take a cancer" will take stadium. For on either of these ! 304-462-7061. "lOPS' off sensibly) for the most the month of August. Peggs, sec- to Rita McHenry, and to Linda Nolan. The loser for the was Lois Hickman. ~very Tuesday at World Day For more inforrna- or 462-5,017. C. MEETING L.E.P.C. will be ng on Tues, Sept. 30 the County Commis- -= Gilmer County Coud- I public is invited. AT GSC Poet, g at State , Sept. n. The event is FREE on Page 10) ring+ er County Historical By David 1t. Corcoran, Publisher-Editor Although the Thurs., Sept. 18 Gilmer County Commission meeting was packed with routine items on its business agenda, an out-of-the- ordinary announcement was made -- the pro- posed Special Vital Services Tax Levy rates have been reduced by about three percent. "Look at that," Commission President Larry Chapman instructed, letting his characteristic wide grin appear. "These proposed rates are less because of the increased business activity in the county." Then, on top of this good news, the commis- sioners learned that the county is also finan- cially healthy. The County Clerk Office's book- keeper, Norma Hurley, reported that as of July 1, 2003, the county treasury had an opening balance of $256,034.18. With the payment of bills since then, however, the current balance is $190,376.48. Moreover, her estimated value of unencumbered funds, which the commission has some leeway to allocate, is $176,432.48. Nevertheless, all of the financial news wasn't good, in that the Sheriffs Department continues to overspend its budget due, in part, to the grave illness and absence of Sheriff Gary Rose and a lack of line item controls in the office itself, according to the bookkeeper. In fact, the com- missioners also complained about the high Cen- tral Regional Jail incarceration fees. "For Au- gust, we have to pay $4,275 for only four inmates," President Chapman points out -- a monthly expense of $1,395 for jailing each one of the county's prisoners. Levy rate reductions The commissioners gave a boost to the up- coming Sat., Nov. 8 Vital Services Levy Elec- tion which they hope voters will approve, thereby extending the current levy for another three years. Seeing it as a taxpayer-friendly development, they released and approved the new lower rates for the 2003 Levy Call at the meeting. Class I (farm animals and farm machinery) and Class 11 (residential property) will both be lowered in the 2(~)3 Levy from the year 20(~'s rate by three ; ~:rcent, or from $2.86- to-2.78 per $ lO~) of assessed valuation and $5.72-to-5.55, respectively. Additionally, Class III (vehic}es~ as~d Class IV (in-town rentals and non-resider~tial businesses) will be reduced by 2.8 percent from $11.44-to- 11.12 in both cat~:gor es Benefiting from t}~,, existing excess tax levy are thc followi ~g Gilmer County agen- cies and their shar~: ot the Class I funds: Board of Health, $1.03 per $ I fYO of assessed valuation; Senior Cm/ens Center, .72; WVU- Gilmer Extension Service, .31; Public Li- brary', .43; and the Economic Development Association..37. "This is an imp()rtant election for each one of these vital agencies," President Chapman observes, noting that he'd like to see every eligible voter in the county go to the polls. "For three weeks before the November 8 Election, you can vote in the County Clerk's Office," he explains. "There is no longer any excuse for not voting. Under Secretary of State (Joe) Manchi n's (u~r-friendly) regula- tions, this is not a situation that you can't find the time anymore." Financial report In bringing the corr~missioners up-to-date with the county's financial picture, County Bookkeeper Norma Hurley outlined some contingency line items which need alloca- tions from the $176,432.48 in unencum- bered funds. "There are some problems with the (current,) budge and revisions are needed," she states. First ofalt, the Sheriffs Department needs $11,fX)O to pay its pardi-time help. Secondly, the same department needs $2,000 more for mailing out the tax statements. Thirdly, the Assessor's Office needs $3,500. Fourthly, the Courthouse's computer network should be upgraded for $8,fg)O. Finally, Commis- sioner Reta Kight injected that the Courthouse's ro