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Assessor: County ‘Disingenuous’ About Levy Rate

March 31, 2013

MOUNDSVILLE — Marshall County Assessor Chris Kessler is alleging that Marshall County Schools officials pulled “the old bait and switch” by choosing to keep the district’s levy rate at 98 percent fo......

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Apr-05-13 10:17 AM

renzella looks like a muppet from disneyland.he belongs in florida.

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Apr-02-13 2:16 AM

Maybe Renzella shouldn't be the focal point of the criticism on here. He could easily buy a retirement home in Florida and never be seen again by taxpayers in Marshall County again once he retires. Why would he care what the taxpayers think? Most on the BOE are younger, live amongst us, and (except for Lewicki possibly) are planning to run again for re-election in the future. Just a thought.

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Apr-02-13 12:56 AM

Assessor Kessler has had 4 public meetings, been on a local radio station and at least 2 press releases with all the facts and figures. He has done his job. He also stood up for the taxpayers. The county commission lowered their levy rate by 11%. If the BOE would have lowered their levy rate the 28% they were asked (and still get the $16.7 million they needed in December levy vote)it would have saved us 39% on our tax bills. Sorry Fred, to me that is substantial savings. And no, I don't want to just give MCS the extra.

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Apr-01-13 7:51 PM

Well said clumee!

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Apr-01-13 7:49 PM

mc2011, they don't need more. They just want more.

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Apr-01-13 7:44 PM

"If we're wrong, shame on us, but come explain it to us publicly," she said.


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Apr-01-13 12:01 PM

Clumlee, Just a guess. but the Wheeling paper probably still has a bone to pick with Renzella and board over them not giving info on the removal of the teachers out at Cameron and other secretive practices they may have used. Besides newspaper are here to make a profit. They should put on the front page whatever SELLS.

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Apr-01-13 12:00 PM

we have half the amount of kids,half the amount of teachers,half the amount of service people and twice as many administrators as compared to twenty years ago.where's the beef?

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Apr-01-13 10:52 AM

Sounds like "clumee" might be in with Marshall County Schools. Yes, this subject has been in the paper before because it is a disgrace to the taxpayers in Marshall County. Somebody needs to stand up for the taxpayers and that's exactly what Chris Kessler is trying to do. He hears the complaints, not Renzella. And something nobody has commented on is Renzella's comment about pay raises based on education level and years of service. So is there an across the board percentage increase or will administrators get whatever those in power feel like giving them? Let's see what the salaries are BEFORE the pay raises and see what the salaries are AFTER the pay raises. I'm sure it will be shocking.

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Apr-01-13 9:21 AM

How many times has this exact same story run in the Wheeling paper? I know I have read it at least twice. I thought "news" was supposed to be "new?" And, of course, we had to make it the headliner in the Sunday edition. Just another example of the Wheeling newspaper putting down Marshall County, in general, and Marshall County Schools, in particular. Ohio County Schools are keeping their levy rate the same, as well, but that wasn't front page news, was it? So sick of the bashing of our county by this paper. I would like Kessler to provide a true estimate of what the AVERAGE home owner would save in a year. If it is $50-100 or so, I truly think most reasonable people would say, let the system have the extra. If it is much more than that, then, of course, it should be reduced somewhat. Again, I am talking about the AVERAGE homeowner. Not the ones with acres of land making a killing off the oil and gas companies. Come on, Kessler, provide the numbers.

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Mar-31-13 10:53 PM

this is why you vote against levies and against incumbents.there are very few politicians that deserve to be re-elected.i think that with the amount of money involved that the county supers and asst. supers should be voted in.they have turned into gestapos.

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Mar-31-13 8:59 PM

Thank God Renzella and his sidekick are leaving. We can only hope that his replacement is not also his clone! Gotta love how all important decisions are made "behind closed doors" or in "executive session".

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Mar-31-13 4:44 PM

People who morally bankrupt can function along as phonies until one day the headlights shine on them and they either have to do the right thing or take the money and run. I think if I was a young teacher in the system I would get some resumes out and get out of that system before the next operating levy comes about. You can recall a politician from elected office, can you have a recall election for a levy? Renzella has sold the idea that we support the schools, tongue in check, into squeezing us for milliions because we do support education. But the curtain was finally pulled back and the creeps are in plain sight feeding on us. I would not give the next levy any chance of passing, or bond issue. The loyal supporters have been betrayed and disrespected. The day of the levy is over in Marshall County, its Renzella's hideous legacy to education. The Board members are clown like, pants on fire characters who should just resign now that have wrecked the future funding for the schools.

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Mar-31-13 1:41 PM

I like all of these posts, especially that of Dino. The school systems of this country remind me of Utility Companies. We are Captive Customers. Yes, there are private schools, but only some can afford them. Public school systems will spend all they can get and demand more. Give vouchers and allow Charter Schools, hire good non-union teachers and watch W.V. catch up with other states.

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Mar-31-13 12:38 PM

I also salute the Assessor, and I will also support John Miller since he voted against keeping the levy rate at 98 percent. As I wrote last week, I'll vote for anyone who runs against any of the other incumbent board members in the next election. A bunch of dishonest crooks.

It will be interesting to see who replaces Renzella. Haven't found anyone yet? Keep turning over rocks, eventually something suitable will crawl out.

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Mar-31-13 11:11 AM

That's why I called them "stipends" instead of vouchers, I figured I could fool the board. LOL

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Mar-31-13 11:07 AM

dino, I like your idea! WV is one of 8 states that does not allow "vouchers!"

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Mar-31-13 10:31 AM

Thank you Assessor for speaking out and truthfully! Marshall County School system makes Lincoln County proud!

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Mar-31-13 10:29 AM

The school board could find an excuse to spend any amount of money. If they asked for $50 million and increased values brought in $100 million, they would find some justification for spending the additional $50 million on "necessary" projects.


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Mar-31-13 9:53 AM

With BILLIONS being made in the oil and gas industry, we should be paying little or NO taxes!!!

We are ALL forced to put up with the pollution, dirt, noise, and car damage as a result yet are indeed paying MORE taxes than ever!!!

And paying "income tax" in a state that has this much industry is clearly an "unfair" and "unjust" taxation of the people!!

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Mar-31-13 5:31 AM

Once again more poor planning on the part of MCS. They asked for 16.7 million in December and now need over 22 million. What happened in 3 months that required 5-6 million more dollars. To finish projects??? I didn't think the operating levy was allowed to be used for projects? If you need projects finished or completed have a building levy vote. Reduction in state and federal funding? That is what the BOE and administration stated when they asked us to approve the levy in December. We as taxpayers need to remember all this when they come asking again. My tax bill continues to rise to pay for incompetent people who make 125,000+ a year plus a very generous benefit package and give us insensitive comments when asked to give some back to the people who supports his schools. They care nothing about the people only their little group on Eastern 4th Street. We deserve a lot better. We definitely do not get what we are paying for.

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Mar-31-13 1:26 AM

I got a great idea. If those on the board care so much about the "children" as they say. Keep the money and give the children of Marshall County , SCHOOL CHOICE. If a parent wants to send their kid to Donahue, Wheeling Central, Linsly, etc use the extra money to give the parents a stipend for the school of their choice. Doesn't have to be the full amount. Competition will make the state run county schools BETTER and those on the board get to show how much they really care about the "c h i l d r e n" rather than use them as props.

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