(09/29/2009)
Municipalities in West Virginia are struggling to make ends meet and provide services, including small towns like Grantsville.

Even before the economy went bad, residents mostly in rental property frequently fail to pay their water or sewage bills.

Now towns are getting help from the state in collecting delinquent fines, fees or other costs.

West Virginia Tax Commissioner Christopher G. Morris says that municipalities can ask the tax department to withhold money from a delinquent taxpayer's personal income tax refund to pay the debt.

Taxpayers are subject to the state withholding money from their income tax refund if they don't pay municipal costs within 270 days of the judgment, said Morris.


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