CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A portion of the excess levy that raises tax revenue for the Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority and the Kanawha County Ambulance Authority was misdirected, and those agencies will need to transfer nearly $1 million back to the county.
Fortunately, the situation should not adversely affect the budgets of those agencies, said Kanawha County Deputy Manager and Comptroller Dave Fontalbert.
The excess levy, which was last renewed in 2011, is divided into four parts. The first part, a $500,000 annual sum, is to be allocated for emergency services in the county.
Of the remainder, KRT and the ambulance authority receive 47.5 percent each. The final 5 percent is designated for public safety purposes.
The $500,000 for emergency services was supposed to be taken from the collected taxes before any of the funds were distributed to the other three agencies.
That didn't happen, Fontalbert said.
Because of the error, KRT and the ambulance authority have received an extra $500,000 each over the past two years.
"It is for sure, they did not withhold the money," said Denny Dawson, general manager for the transportation authority, told the KRT board at its monthly meeting on Wednesday.
The county caught the problem a few months ago, Fontalbert said.
The KRT and ambulance authority wouldn't have known they received too much money, because the amount of property tax collected varies from year to year.