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This year marks the 30th edition of the City Fiscal Conditions survey of city finance officers. Based on the rich historical data accumulated over three business cycles, this year’s report provides an important retrospective and comparative analysis of fiscal impacts resulting from the 1990, 2001 and 2007 recessions, in addition to our annual analysis of current fiscal conditions.

In 2015, the fiscal condition of U.S. cities continues to show modest improvement. City finance officers are more optimistic than ever, driven largely by an expansion of General Fund revenues. These recent gains, however, have not been substantial enough to restore the revenue declines of the six years prior. When compared to the 1990 and 2001 recessions, it is clear that the fiscal impacts of the 2007 recession are much more substantial, both in terms of depth and duration.

Learn more about West Virginia Property Rescue Initiative

A workshop scheduled at WVU Tech in Montgomery in October will provide information for communities looking to access funding to demolish or acquire dilapidated buildings.
Staff from the West Virginia Housing Development Fund and other property development experts from around the state will provide information on the new Property Rescue Initiative, which will allocate $1 million per year over the next five years for a revolving loan program available to municipalities and counties to acquire and/or remove dilapidated properties from their communities.

In addition to loan funding, the Property Rescue Initiative provides technical assistance in the form of workshops, including this event in Montgomery, and consultations to prepare communities for the loan application process.

The workshop is free and open to the public. The focus of the workshop will be on the region covering Kanawha, Boone, Fayette, Clay and Lincoln counties, and municipal staff and community members from these areas are especially encouraged to attend.

When: Oct. 9, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Where: WVU Tech, Tech Center Ballroom, Montgomery, WV 
Click on this link to access workshop information and registration:

State Auditor Glen B. Gainer III, through his Local Government Services Division, is pleased to extend this invitation to the Annual Training Seminars for Municipal Officials and Assistants during the month of October at various locations throughout West Virginia. 

City Seminar Date Location Deadline
Bridgeport, WV Thursday, October 1

Best Western
100 Lodgeville Rd., Bridgeport 

 Sept. 24
 Wheeling, WV Tuesday, October 6 Oglebay Conference Center
465 Lodge Dr., Wheeling
 Sept. 29
South Charleston, WV  Wednesday, October 14

Holiday Inn & Suites
400 Second Ave., So. Charleston

 October 7
Beckley, WV  Tuesday, October 20 Holiday Inn & Suites
114 Dry Hill Rd., Beckley
October 13 
Martinsburg, WV

 Wednesday, October 28

Holiday Inn & Suites
301 Foxcroft Ave., Martinsburg

October 21 

The registration fee has been waived, however, pre-registration is required.

Although the fee has been waived, we must receive your registration before the deadline in order to have available space as well as food and beverages. Lunch will be provided.

If we do not receive an adequate response for a particular location we may have to cancel the seminar for that location.

Return this registration form no later than the deadline for the specific seminar. Please feel free to make copies of this form for additional attendees. For questions concerning these seminars contact: Ora Ash, (304) 627-2415, ext. 5114 Email: 

The League has prepared our sixteenth training session for municipal judges scheduled for November 6, 2015, at the Charleston Embassy Suites Hotel, 300 Court Street, Charleston, WV 25301.

Training will be conducted on November 5th, 2015, for municipal court clerks.

Certificates of Completion will be issued to each person attending the municipal judge training. (CLE with State Bar approval).

Please complete and return your registration with payment, to the League on or before October 27, 2015.

Contact the League office if you have any questions, 1-800-344-7702.

Senate Bill 164, which became effective July 1, 1998, requires any municipal judge who is not an attorney, to participate in a training program conducted by the League. Additionally, HB 2120, which became effective May 21, 2007, now requires municipal judges who are not attorneys, to receive continuing legal training on an annual basis.


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The City of Moundsville, WV has a 1993 Durapatcher Pot Hole Road Patching Machine for sale.

1. Model #81DJ

Minimum Bid: $3,000/OBO

For additional information, contact Public Works Director Frank Stocklask at (304)845-3511 or City Manager Deanna Hess at (304)845-6300.

Sealed bids must be received at the City Clerk's Office, 800 Sixth Street, Moundsville, WV.

The City of Moundsville, WV has a 2002 International Cab Garbage Truck for sale.

1. Mileage 121, 014
2. McNeilus 20 Yard Packer
3. Model #2010

Truck and packer runs great. You could pickup garbage with this unit right away as it sits.

Minimum Bid: $10,000/OBO.

For additional information, contact Public Works Direct Frank Stocklask at (304)835-3511 or City Manager Deanna Hess at (304)845-6300.

Sealed bids must be received at the City Clerk's Office, 800 Sixth Street, Moundsville, WV.

Scott Depot, WV – On Wednesday, July 15th, Triad Engineering, Inc. (Triad) will kick off a year-long recognition of providing 40 years of engineering and design solutions for its clients, partners and communities.

Founded in Morgantown in July 1975 as a geotechnical engineering consultant, Triad has grown from a three man start-up to a strong and diverse regional firm with nearly 200 employees and seven office locations across the mid-Atlantic. Today, the firm provides geotechnical, civil and mining engineering, environmental consulting, land surveying, drilling, construction monitoring, and materials testing to a wide range of clients in education, energy, government, healthcare, land development, transportation and other business sectors.  

The Morgantown Fire Civil Service Commission will be administering examinations to establish the list from which future vacancies on the Morgantown Fire Department will be filled.


1. Must pass Agility Testing. Release form signed by physician that applicant is medically fit to participate in testing must be present at Agility testing or candidate will be disqualified. Forms and testing instructions will be mailed to candidates after returning their applications. There will be an Open House on Sept 19th, 2015 and October 3rd, 2015 at the North Side Fire Station to help prepare for the agility test that will be on October 10th, 2015.  More information on the Open House will be sent to all interested applicants.

2.   Must be at least 18 years old.

3.   Must have a high school diploma or GED.

4.   Must be a citizen of the United States.

5.   Must pay a $25.00 application fee for testing materials

6.   Must establish and maintain a permanent residence within a 15 air mile radius of 228 South High Street, Morgantown, WV after serving a one year probationary period, if hired.

7.   Must successfully complete and pass various mandatory examinations.

8.   Veteran Preference Points will be awarded per WV Code 6-13-1.

9.    Will prepare for test with study manual.

Applications may be obtained at the City Clerk’s Office, 389 Spruce Street, Room 10, Morgantown, WV, 26505 by paying the $25.00 fee. In order to be eligible for the upcoming agility test on October 10th, 2015 and the written test on October 17th, 2015 applications must be post marked by September 10th, 2015 and return to the City Clerk’s Office.  If you have any questions please call Mrs. Tucker or Mrs. Carl at (304) 284-7439.




CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Municipal Home Rule Board is now accepting applications for 14 new cities, towns and villages to join the 20 that have already been granted home-rule status.

The Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program was created in 2007 and began with four cities: Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling and Bridgeport. The initial pilot program lasted five years and granted those cities authority to enact ordinances, acts, resolutions, rules and regulations without regard to state law with several exceptions. Home-rule municipalities must still comply with the constitutions of the United States and West Virginia, and some state laws, such as criminal and controlled substance laws, are still off-limits.

Based on its initial success, the 2013 Legislature moved to continue and expand the program to 16 more cities. In October 2014, the Home Rule Board accepted the following cities into the pilot program: Bluefield, Buckhannon, Charles Town, Clarksburg, Dunbar, Fairmont, Martinsburg, Milton, Morgantown, Nitro, Parkersburg, Ranson, Shinnston, South Charleston, Vienna and Weirton.

On March 14, 2015, the West Virginia Legislature expanded the program for a second time when it passed Senate Bill 323, permitting the addition of 14 more municipalities. The bill specified that four of the new municipalities must be class IV, which is the designation for towns or villages with populations of fewer than 2,000 people.

Municipalities seeking home-rule authority may submit applications to the board any time, and there is no deadline to apply. The application must include a written plan outlining which state laws, policies, acts, resolutions, rules or regulations are preventing the municipality to carry out duties in the most cost-effective, efficient and timely manner, as well as specific problems created by the laws and proposed solutions.

The application as well as guidelines and a checklist are now available online at More information about the program is also available there, as well as applications submitted by existing home-rule municipalities.

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