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Pipeline station to generate revenue for Calhoun County

GRANTSVILLE — Calhoun County will start to reap the benefits from a pipeline compressor station starting this fiscal year.

The White Oak Compressor Station was built in 2018 as part of the Mountaineer Xpress pipeline project. The station was built by T.C. Energy and is a $94 million operation, according to Scottie “Chip” Westfall, president of the Calhoun County Commission.

The station is operated by three people, two from Calhoun County. It has been operational since last March.

“The compression station is on the Ritchie County line and it’s so close to being in Ritchie County. The parcel of land that the compressor is built on is in Ritchie and Calhoun both so we just barely got that,” Westfall said.

For the 2020-2021 fiscal year, the county will start to receive the property tax for the compression station.

“It’s projected to be $1.2 million when it’s all said and done,” Westfall said.

Sixty-five percent of the funds will go to Calhoun County Schools. The remaining funds will go to the county.

However, the schools won’t net as much money once it is taxed.

“For every $1 for local money that’s collected, the state takes back 85 cents of that money,” Westfall said.

The funds to the county will likely be used to pay the jail bill for the year, Westfall said.

“For each person in jail it costs us $1,500 per month,” Westfall said. “(The) crime rate has really increased because of the drug problem.”

The commission budget for the year will be available in March, Westfall said.

“Those figures are just estimates, that’s our hopeful estimate,” he said.

At that time, the commission will decide how to allocate the funds.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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