ELKINS - Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady gave the Randolph County Commission a report on a new service available to taxpayers.
Software has been installed in the county Tax Office allowing taxpayers to view their tax status online.
"They will be updated instantly," Brady told the County Commission. "If you come into our office and pay your taxes, it will be uploaded at that time and it will be instantly on the web so you can see if your taxes are payed and how much taxes you owe."
The web address is wvpropertytaxes.com. By clicking on the county within the state map, tax information can be searched in a number of ways including name, tax ticket or map and parcel.
"I think its a great addition for the taxpayers of this county. I think it will be a big convenience for them," Brady said.
Brady also explained to the commissioners that having the tax inquiry system online was just the first step that would eventually allow taxes to be paid online using a credit or debit card.
"I want to make sure we have good, secure Internet access and our firewalls are up to speed before implement anything," Brady said. He explained that he would like to see similar processes available in any county office that accepts payments.
"I think it will be a great benefit for the Randolph County citizens and the elected officials also," the sheriff said.
Brady also introduced the newest deputies in the Law Enforcement Division. Deputies Daniel Pennington and Jonathon Harman were sworn in earlier that day by Circuit Court Judge Jamie Goodwin Wilfong.
They will both begin training at the West Virginia State Police Academy on Sept. 2.
"We are tickled to death to have them onboard," said Commissioner Mike Taylor.
"They are a welcome addition to the Sheriff's office," Brady said.
The Randolph County EMS advised the Commission that they had ordered a replacement ambulance to replace a 2008 Ford that had 316,00 miles on it.
The new unit will be delivered about Nov.1 with a cost of about $82,000. They also said they had their state operations audit, scoring 95 percent out