Car Collectors Angry Over Higher Taxes
Written by Rachel McDevitt
Last updated on August 14, 2014 @ 6:49PM
Created on August 14, 2014 @ 6:13PM
Collectors of antique cars in Marion County had a shock when they went to pay their taxes last time because the value of their cars has apparently increased dramatically. So on Thursday, a crowd of them stormed the Assessors Office to ask why they are being targeted.
According to West Virginia State Code, the tax office can only collect on the lowest published value of a motor vehicle. In Marion County, they've been valuing the cars very low, but this year they had to switch to a new guide for assessing car value to get in line with the surrounding counties. The collectors think the new values are unfair because they consider the cars a hobby and the new taxes a burden on people who are already a little older. They also said the way the office has arrived at the new values is against the law.
"They are taking the opportunity to interpret the tax code rather than administering it to the letter," said antique car collector Gene Kisner.
"We've used our best ability and our knowledge and we've tried to value the vehicles according to what the guide has stated," said Marion County Assessor Jim Priester.
The next step for these collectors is to take up their issue with the state tax office.
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