KEYSER - A county resident of less than two years spoke to the Mineral County Commissioners on Tuesday afternoon with a concern about her property tax bill.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - A county resident of less than two years spoke to the Mineral County Commissioners on Tuesday afternoon with a concern about her property tax bill.
Following the discussion, she was denied the wavier she hoped to obtain.
Sheena Moore, a first-time home buyer, purchased a property that contained just over five acres complete with several structures including a house, and all this had been vacant for several years.
She said that her upgrading plan involved fixing up the modest house to “improve the property value,” and, “I already purchased the property and had to pay the taxes.”
Moore received her Mineral County tax bill and saw that $1,775 was the amount due, as she told the commissioners that in comparison her parent’s property taxes were $300.
County coordinator Drew Brubaker said the property was determined to be a Class III, and “When you buy property, you buy the class.”
According to West Virginia state code, Class III is real estate property that is either vacant or rental property.
Dr, Richard Lechliter, president of the commission, added that the county commission does not “do the classifications” of property.
Moore said that she learned after many phone calls that her lawyer was not responsible for the payment of the taxes, and she said because of this situation of the large tax bill, “I will never buy vacant property again.”
Moore had recently been to a Brownsfield Conference and while there was informed by other attendees of a possible waiver of taxes on vacant property.
Lauren Ellifritz, county clerk, said that other individuals may purchase vacant property and not know about the tax situation, and “There is not enough information out about this.”
Dr. Lechliter suggested to Moore that she contact Jill Cosner, county assessor, and to the state legislators, because, “They need to change the rules,” on vacant properties.