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Posted on: June 17, 2021

Clarksburg Wins Court Case

On June 14, 2021, the Honorable Thomas A. Bedell, Judge of the Circuit Court of Harrison County, entered an order exonerating the City of Clarksburg for any property taxes due on its Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center for the 2019 tax year.

 

The Court’s order concludes litigation that began in early 2019 after former State Tax Commissioner Dale Steager upheld the decision by Harrison County Joseph R. Romano to deny the City a property tax exemption for the Robinson Grand. The Tax Commissioner and Assessor argued that the Robinson Grand could not be treated as exempt because construction was ongoing as of the assessment date for the 2019 tax year. They also argued that the Robinson Grand could not be treated as exempt because of consequences from leveraging New Market Tax Credits and Historic Tax Credits to reduce the City’s borrowing costs.

 

The Court’s Order rejected the Tax Commissioner’s and Assessor’s arguments and ruled in favor of the City on all pending issues. It accordingly exonerates the City from paying any property taxes on the Robinson Grand for tax year 2019 and orders any previously paid property taxes to be refunded, representing more than $100,000.

 

City Manager Harry Faulk stated, “This is a major win for the taxpayers of Clarksburg. Government-owned property traditionally has been exempted from taxation. The Robinson Grand is owned and operated by the City and should be treated the same.  

 

For years a fixture of Clarksburg’s downtown, the Robinson Grand closed its doors and had fallen into disrepair by the early 2000s. The City acquired and rehabilitated the Robinson Grand  between 2014 and 2018, restoring the Robinson Grand to its historical splendor. Since then, the Robinson Grand has served as a cultural center for the City and broader Harrison County by hosting hundreds of events attended by thousands of individuals.

 

For further information, please contact City Manager Harry R. Faulk at hfaulk@cityofclarksburgwv.com or by phone at 304-423-2008.

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