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Lewis County West Virginia.
Lewis County Assessor West Virginia.
County Assessor, John Breen, sitting at his desk.

Lewis County Assessor

John L. Breen


Please click here to access the Assessor’s new website. Assessment forms can now be filled out online.

The Assessor of the county is elected every four years. This is a full-time position with an annual fixed compensation in Lewis County of $ 55,979 with additional fixed compensation of $6,500 to $15,000 for duties specified in state law and supplemental pay up to 10% for additional duties relating to agriculture.

The assessor must obtain from every person within the county, a full and correct description of all personal property. This is done by mailing an assessment form to all individuals and businesses. The Assessor’s Office visits all real estate at least once every three years. Market Value on property is current on all property. All land and personal property assessments must be completed no later than January 30th of each year.

The Assessor will present the land and personal property books to the County Commission no later than the first day of February each year. These will serve the County Commission when sitting as a board of review and equalization. The Assessor shall attend the Board of Equalization and Review hearings and render assistance to the commission with valuations of property.

No later than the third day of March each year, the Assessor will furnish the Recorders of each Municipality, Secretary of the Board of Education and the County Commission certification of the assessed values for the current year. The levying bodies will use these values to prepare their budget estimates and lay the levy. After levy rates are certified by the levying body by the WV State Auditor, they are certified by the Assessor and entered into the computer to allow the printing of tax tickets.

County Assessor duties:

  • List all properties exempt from taxation

  • Collect county and local dog taxes

  • Determine eligibility of homeowners for homestead exemption and disability exemptions

  • Maintain tax maps and property records

  • Collect farm statistics annually and report to the Commissioner of Agriculture

  • Collect farm use decal permit fees

  • Annual complete sales ration analysis

  • Present to the tax commission a list of real property transfers

  • Supply a list of new construction and improvements exceeding $1,000 to the tax commissioner

  • Supply a list to the Tax Commissioner of new businesses and discontinued operations

  • Assist by providing information with respect to taxation, classification and public utility properties for uniform assessment

  • Annually assist the tax commissioner in determining the current use

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