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Wood County Commission sets Board of Equalization and Review meetings

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Commission set the date and times they will convene as the Board of Equalization and Review.

The commission unanimously agreed the meetings will coincide with the regular commission meeting times starting on Jan. 30. Meetings, by appointment only, will be held Monday, Feb. 10 and Thursday, Feb. 20 with the 20th as the final day.

Commissioners suggest any issue with property valuations be taken up with the Wood County Assessor’s Office first, although it is not a requirement and people can appear before the commission to discuss it.

“They need to bring clear and convincing evidence, such as pictures, insurance statements, a current appraisal,” Commission President Blair Couch said. “They need to bring information to us so we can make a judgment of their valuation.”

They had few people appear last year because people went through the assessor’s office first and were able to work out any issues beforehand.

Typically, the assessor’s office is the first stop in this process.

“If you have a question about your valuation or if you dispute it, take it to the assessor,” Couch said. “If there is a legitimate mistake, they are happy to correct it. We are available if that process does not take you where you want to go.”

Over 2,000 property assessment letters regarding changes have been sent out.

In other business:

* The commission signed an Application for Extradition for Alicia Jo Cecukia Galluccio. According to local law enforcement, she was arrested last week by members of the East Spencer Police Department after being located at a relative’s home in East Spencer, N.C. She faces five charges of parental kidnapping when she returns to the Mountain State. An order from Wood County Family Court signed Thursday grants custody of Galluccio’s five children to their father. When the father’s girlfriend came to the Wood County Circuit Clerk’s Office to get a copy of the order, Galluccio arrived and left with the children, who range in age from teens to single digits, officials said.

* John Cumpston was placed in nomination for the Wood County Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Brett Dunlap can be reached at bdunlap@newsandsentinel.com

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