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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When do tax bills go out?
  2. As a courtesy, tax bills are mailed in the middle of July to the last known owner of real estate or to the last known address that we have on file for the taxpayer. The county tax year runs from July 1st to June 30th. You are assessed on what real estate is deeded in your name and what vehicles you have titled in your name on July 1 of the previous year. For example: the 2009 taxes that were mailed in July of 2009 are based on what the taxpayer had deeded or titled in his/her name on July 1st of 2008.

  3. What does Additional Unpaid Tickets Exist or Prior Tickets Exist mean when printed on my bill?

    - If Additional Unpaid Tickets Exist or Prior Tickets Exist is printed on a tax bill it usually means that the previous years taxes are unpaid. It will print on all tax bills if taxes are not paid by May 1st. For example: If you pay your 2008 taxes on May 3rd of 2009, the 2009 tax bills you will receive in July will have one of the two statements printed on the bill.
    - It can also be printed on your bill as a flag for the tax deputy to take a closer look at the bill to ascertain if there is a back tax or if the piece of real estate is split into two tax classes.

  4. Who do I make my check payable to?

    Please make checks payable to: The Sheriff of Brooke County
    Mailing address is: 202 Courthouse Square Wellsburg, WV 26070-1748 Attn: Tax Office

  5. Can I get a discount on my taxes?

    - Yes, if the first half of your taxes is paid anytime up to and including September 1st of the current tax year, you will receive a 2.5% discount.
    - After September 1st and up to and including September 30th, the first half will be the base amount of taxes per year which can be found in the upper right hand corner of the tax bill.
    - After October 1st, interest of .75% will be added to your total on the first of every month at a rate of 9% for the entire year if the taxes go unpaid.

  6. I got a real and a personal property tax bill, am I being double billed? It looks like I am paying school, state, county etc… twice.

    Each bill provides a detailed breakdown of what and where the base amount of your tax dollars are going. The total of the breakdown amounts to the school, state, county etc… is the full year of your taxes calculated as the base amount (upper right hand corner of the tax bill) times two.

  7. I did not get my second half tax bill. When is it due?

    - We do not send out second half notices of taxes due. The tax bill you receive one time in July has both payments outlined on it.
    - The bottom portion of your tax bill outlines the first half or full year payment amount that is due in the month you choose to pay it. If you only pay your first half, the middle section outlines your second half payment with the starting due date of March 1st.
    - Taxes are considered delinquent April 1st, and if any taxes are still owed as of May 1st, then by law the tax amount and your name will be published with fees added.

  8. I got my personal property tax bill but I no longer own property that is listed on my bill.

    The taxes are assessed on vehicles you owned on July 1st of the previous year. For example: If you titled a vehicle on June 30th of 2008, you will pay taxes on that vehicle for the 2009 tax year. If you titled a vehicle on July 2nd 2008, you will pay taxes on that vehicle starting with the 2010 tax year.

  9. I have a high mileage vehicle. Can I get a discount?

    High mileage vehicle discounts are handled in the Assessor's office between July 1st and October 1st. The Assessor's staff will determine the valuation discount, if any, based on vehicle year and mileage. If the valuation is lowered, the next year's tax bill will be reduced.

  10. Do you accept credit cards?

    We now are able to accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover). Please be aware that there is a convenience fee of 2.00 or 2.9%, whichever is greater added to your balance due and paid directly to the payment processing company.

  11. Can I pay my taxes online?

    Yes! We're proud to be one of the first counties in West Virginia offering this payment option. Similar to above, there is a convenience fee paid to processing company for this. If a ticket is payable online, you'll see a link on the ticket detail screen. When you click this link, the ticket will be added to your payment cart. When you've added all of your tickets to the payment cart, click the Pay Now button to complete your payment.

  12. Real Estate Transfers

    - As a new owner or seller of real estate, it is very important that the details of the taxes are outlined clearly during your closing. If you have an attorney or a realtor working with you on the sale or purchase, responsibility should be assigned at that time. The tax office is unable to tell you who owes them. We try to notify the current owner as it would be in their best interest that the taxes are paid to prevent the sale of the real estate.
    - As a new owner, it is probable that the following years taxes will still be printed and mailed to the previous owner. The tax bill will not be changed until a deed has been filed and a copy is received in the assessor’s office.

  13. The Homestead Exemption

    - You can apply for the Homestead exemption on the first July 1st following your 64th birthday.
    - For example if your turn 64 in March of 2009, you can apply on July 1st, 2009. However if you turn 64 on July 2nd 2009, you must wait until July 1, 2010.
    - If you are on total disability, you may apply for the Homestead by bringing in your award letter to the assessors office and sign-up.
    - The Homestead exemption is not a full exemption. The exemption covers the first $20,000 of the assessed value on the property in which you live.

  14. Delinquent Taxes/Land Sale

    - Taxes become delinquent April 1st and are published with fees added on May 1st.
    - If real estate taxes go unpaid, certified letters are mailed to the last known owner or new owner of the real estate in an effort to make the person living on the property aware that their real estate will be sold if the taxes remain unpaid.
    - Taxes that go unpaid on any real estate will be put up for sale at the land sale, which is held annually in mid-November at the courthouse. The exact date/time will be published here, in the Brooke Review, or can be obtained by calling the tax office in the months prior to the sale.
    - Property is offered for the starting bid of the taxes, interest, and fees delinquent.
    - Property sold to an individual requires payment of the current taxes in addition to the delinquent taxes, interest, and fees.
    - Property not receiving the minimum bid at the land sale is sold to the state of West Virginia. - The real estate owner then has 18 months to redeem their property either from the individual who bought it (Contact County Clerk’s office, Phone: (304) 737-) or from the West Virginia state Auditor's office (Contact Russell Rollyson, Phone: (304) 558-2262).

  15. Where can I find more information about property taxes?

    Additional information can be found at www.legis.state.wv.us under WV Code Chapter 11A.

  16. Can I renew my vehicle registration at the tax office?

    -We issue 1 and 2 year renewals for class A vehicles and 1 year class G motorcycles if expired less than 90 days. We also issue renewals for most other classes of vehicles. If you own a different class of vehicle, you may call us at 1-304-737-3663 to inquire as to whether we can assist you.