WV O&G Property Tax Revenue $96M in 2017, Down $38M from 2016

The West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) issued a press release yesterday (that MDN didn’t receive) to tout the fact that property tax revenue on WV oil and natural gas production will provide “just over $96 million” to fund local school systems and vital community services. That is certainly cool and worth calling attention to. However, the WVONGA press release failed to point out that property tax revenue for local schools from o&g property taxes is going down by $38 million in 2017–because of the formula used to calculate those taxes. In Wetzel County, for example, Wetzel County Schools project a loss of $8.6 million in property tax revenue from oil and natural gas production for the 2017 tax year as compared to 2016. WV uses a formula based on production and pricing from the period two years prior to the current year. So property taxes from o&g are calculated on how much production, and the price received, during 2015–right at the bottom of the market. Which is why when production and prices are up now, tax revenues are down. Still, $96 million is nothing to sneeze at. Here’s the WVONGA press release, along with the rest of the story…

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