WV Code 11-5-1 requires all persons who own taxable personal property located in West Virginia as of July 1 report this property to the Assessor's Office each year. The Assessor's Office works diligently to make inquiry of property owners each year, however,  is the legal responsibility of every property owner to report personal property to the Assessor's Office each year.  Personal property should be reported to the Assessor's Office between July 1 and October 1 of each year. Assessments received after Oct. 1 are subject to penalty in accordance with WV Code. No assessments can be accepted for the upcoming tax year after the end of January.  Assessments not received between July 1 and January 30 must be assessed as SUPPLEMENTS.

 Remember, report to the Assessor's Office each summer the personal property you owned on July 1st.

If you have a dog that is at least six months old, you need to obtain a County Dog Tag each year for the pet.  The cost for a County Dog Tag is currently $3.00. In addition to the County Dog Tag, if you live in Ripley or Ravenswood, you need to obtain a City Dog Tag. The cost for a City Dog Tag is currently $1.00 for a male dog or a spayed female, and $2.00 for an unspayed female. If you have a licensed dog kennel, you will need to obtain a Kennel License each year. If you have any questions, please call the Assessor's Office at (304) 373-2230.



Active Duty Military

The Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act of 1940 and Executive Order 9-88 (W.Va. Code 11-5-1) allows a taxpayer, who is an active-duty member of any branch of the United States Military Service, to receive tax-exempt status on personal property owned during any current assessment period. There are certain criteria that, if met, will determine if a tax-payer qualifies for the exemption. It is the policy of the Jackson County Assessor's Office to verify military enlistment by presenting a current copy of the taxpayer's deployment orders. These deployment orders should be dated as close to the assessment period as possible. If the taxpayer's available orders reflect an extended time of enlistment, the dates on the orders should be made plainly visible and explained by the taxpayer.

 Assessor's Notice

The West Virginia Legislature enacted WV Code 7-7-6e , in an effort to expand the Coyote Control Program statewide.  This section of state code imposes a fee of $1.00 (one dollar) per head on all breeding age sheep and goats as of July 1 of each year.  The money collected from this new fee is to be sent to the WV Commissioner of Agriculture to enter into a cooperative service agreement with the US Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Wildlife Services (WS) to expand the Coyote Control Program throughout West Virginia.

Our personal property records indicate that you have reported owning sheep and/or goats in the past few years.  If you are still a sheep or goat owner this July 1, please contact this office in order that we may discuss this new head tax with you and answer any questions that you may have.  The phone number for the personal property office (304) 373-2230.

All collections and receipts will be made here at the office or by mail.  The County Dog Tax (brass tag) and City Dog Tax (aluminum tag), is not affected by this new sheep and goat tax.  Please pay your dog tax as usual.

Any person who does not pay this new head tax is not eligible for the services provided by the State and Federal cooperative agreement for the control of coyote predation. 

         Jackson County Assessor's Office  106 North Street West  Ripley, WV  25271  304-373-2240