Marion County Assessor
Assessor: Mark Trach
Adjacent to Marion County Courthouse
Fairmont, WV 26554
Online Filing Help (304) 367-5411
Information About the Assessor’s Office
The Assessor and his deputies are directed by West Virginia Constitution, Article X, Section I, to determine the value of all real and personal property at fair market value for each tax year. The specific duties of the Assessor are to discover, list, and value all real and personal property within the boundaries of the county. All valuation work must occur on a fiscal year basis commencing on the first day of July. On June 30th of the following year, the collection year ends and the books close.
Assessed value, by definition, is 60% of fair maket value. Your tax bill is determined by multiplying a tax rate against your assessed value. Remember that the Assessor determines your appraised value(market value), and the legislature (the board of education, the county commission, and municipalities) determines the levy rate.
The Assessor does not set property tax. The Assessor’s office provides value data to each levying body. Once this is completed, the levying bodies, approve their levies. It is at this point in the process that taxes are determined. Levy rates may rise or fall depending on the amount of funding that each levying body requires but are regulated by constitutional provisions. Levy rate information is prepared for your convenience and may be obtained in the assessor’s office.
The property tax process has three major components:
- ASSESSOR– establishes a fair market value for all real and personal property and communicates it to the levying bodies.
- LEVYING BODIES– i.e. West Virginia Legislature, Board of Education, Town and City Councils, Parks & Recreation, Library and Mass Transit all provide the components that make up the total levy rate applied to the values.
- SHERIFF– mails all statements, collects all money except for dog taxes, and disperses to each levying body its portion of the total levy.
Seventy–two percent of all property taxes collected go to support the public school system. The remainder of the taxes collected are shared by the Cities, Towns and State of West Virginia. The following shows the relative percentage each levying body receives annually: