From Staff Reports
KEYSER, W.Va. — The Mineral County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded two grants for 2013, according to outgoing Sheriff Craig Fraley.
“I feel two projects will be of great benefit to the citizens of Mineral County,” stated Fraley in a news release.
The department was awarded a $22,000 grant from the West Virginia Technical Assistance Broadband program to install an Internet tax inquiry system in the sheriff’s office. The tax system will take place in two phases but the grant only covers the first phase, according to Fraley.
The first phase will allow residents to go online and view their taxes and print a tax bill.
The system will be installed by Software Systems Inc. of Morgantown, which owns the software currently used by Mineral County, according to Fraley.
“When the grant for the online filing comes through, the public will have the most up-to-date system and access to their tax records they can have,” said Fraley in a previous interview with the Times-News.
The computer update that the tax office received six months ago will be able to handle the new tax system, according to Fraley.
“I am very pleased that we were able to get this accomplished,” said Fraley in the news release. “I’m just sorry that I won’t be there to see it installed.”
Incoming Sheriff Jeremy Taylor, who was sworn in Friday, will be in charge of installing and maintaining the tax system.
The second phase of the tax system, which will come at a later date, will allow residents to pay online with a credit card, according to Fraley.
The department was also awarded a Project Lifesaver federal grant, which will provide equipment and training to deputies searching for missing Alzheimer and autistic patients.
The grant will also cover the cost of the equipment needed for finding the patients, according to Fraley.