KEYSER - The first order of business for the Tuesday meeting of the Mineral County Commission was to hold a hearing concerning the 55-cent raise for every $500 in the excise tax on the county's portion for transferring real property.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - The first order of business for the Tuesday meeting of the Mineral County Commission was to hold a hearing concerning the 55-cent raise for every $500 in the excise tax on the county’s portion for transferring real property.
Lauren Ellifritz, county clerk, said the new excise tax rate, which will become effective on Jan. 1, 2018, will be $1.65 per each $500.
She said West Virginia Senate Bill 433 permitted the commission to move ahead with the raise, and a vote of approval was given by all three commissioners.
Richard Lechliter, commission president, said with the raise of the excise tax, the amount of about “$20,000 will added to the general budget, which will help the county.”
In another business matter, Tom Simpson, representing Fountain Volunteer Fire Company, told the commissioners that now that a new fire facility has been built and occupied, “We have an old fire station to sell, rent, or whatever to move forward.
“I am here to see if the county would be interested in the old fire station for storage of records,” he said.
Another suggestion for the commissioners by Simpson was that perhaps the officials would “know of a business coming into the county that would want to rent” the fire station.
Simpson presented a drawing of the old Fountain fire station to the commissioners, “To show you what is available.”
He also said that soon, a new roof will be installed on the building, and in addition, if possible, “A chain link fence for vehicle storage will be added.”
Commissioner Roger Leatherman said that the Potomac Valley Transit Authority may be interested in the building, while Ellifritz asked the officials about a vehicle impound area for the county’s sheriff’s department.
Simpson said, “You have given us two ideas” to work on, and he also said that a tour of the old fire station for the commissioners could be scheduled.