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Assessor Browning voices concerns, seeks safeguards


As Delegate Boggs stated, what happens if West Virginia is facing a budget deficit, as in years passed? Where is the money going to come from? I am concerned the legislature will raise real estate values to make up any deficit in the budget. It doesn’t ...


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