No One Says No to the Taxman


The Monongalia, West Virginia, County Commission upheld a 1,531 percent property tax increase levied on Jim Jones. Jones says the taxes on a piece of property he owns skyrocketed after he rejected an offer from Chief Deputy Assessor Bill Perry to buy the property. Perry denies the claim, and Assessor Rodney Pyles says taxes went up because of a routine audit. But the owners of a neighboring piece of property also claim their taxes soared after they turned down an offer from Perry.