Greenbrier County Commission approves Fiscal Year Budget

By Matthew Young, RealWV

LEWISBURG, W.Va. – The Greenbrier County Commission, on Thursday, approved the county’s Fiscal Year 2024/2025 operating budget, in the amount of $18,714,882. Approval of the budget had originally appeared on the agenda for the March 26 commission meeting. However, as details were not yet finalized, the commission stood in recess until Thursday. State code requires that counties approve their operating budgets by March 30 of each year. 

As explained by Commission President Tammy Tincher, the budget includes a 14% increase in Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) premiums for county employees, which will be paid for by the county. 

“There is no expense incurred by our employees,” Tincher said. “This is the second year that all counties in West Virginia have experienced this increase, and Greenbrier County is once again covering that expense.”

In addition, Tincher explained that the county is covering increased expenses associated with law enforcement retirement plans, and has allocated funds with which to provide an “across the board” five-percent pay increase to all county employees. Law enforcement personnel will receive a two-and-a-half-percent pay increase.

The county’s approved Fiscal Year 2023/2024 budget was $17,937,010. The current budget proposal represents a $777,872 increase year-over-year. 

The budget will now be referred to the West Virginia State Auditor for final approval. RealWV will provide updates regarding the status of Greenbrier County’s final budget approval as additional information is made available. 

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