(NOTE: Visit our Tourism website: http://www.visitwisecounty.com for Local Cultural Events, Festivals and Activities in Wise County. For scheduled events at The Glades park in downtown Wise, VA, please visit the Town of Wise Events page.)
LENOWISCO Small Business Recovery Assistance Program
One-time grants of up to $15,000 are being provided to eligible businesses within the district to offset business impacts during the pandemic. For more information, see the page on Wise County Economic & Industrial Development.
Early Voting in Virginia
Wise County voters will have new options for voting ahead of the November 3rd, 2020 Presidential Election. Virginia will now be offering three distinct ways in which all eligible voters can choose to vote. See the General Registrar's Full Release for more details.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about October 26, 2020, the County of Wise will submit a request to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for the release of Virginia Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project known as the Glamorgan Sewer Project. The County of Wise has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment.
See the Full Notice for complete details.
Information provided by Delores W. Smith, CPA, MGT, Wise County Treasurer
The Wise County second half 2020 Real Estate and the 2020 Personal Property tax statements have been mailed. If you received a statement and have a question concerning the assessment, please contact the Wise County Commissioner of the Revenue Office at (276) 328-3556.
If you own real estate or personal property and have not received a tax statement on that property, please contact the Wise County Treasurer Office at (276) 328-4077.
November 2, 2020 DEADLINE TO PAY COUNTY TAXES
The deadline to pay the second half of Wise County 2020 real estate and 2020 Personal Property taxes is November 2, 2020. Normally the tax would have been due on October 31st, however this year the due date falls on a weekend, automatically extending the date to November 2nd. If not paid or postmarked on or before November 2, 2020, a 10% penalty or $2.00, whichever is greater, (cannot exceed the levy) will be assessed. In addition, 5% interest per year will be charged beginning November 4, 2020.
Payments can be mailed to Wise County Treasurer, P O Box 1308, Wise VA 24293 or paid in person at the Wise County Treasurer’s Office located in Wise, during regular office hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office is closed for lunch from 12:00 to 1:00 daily. Payments can also be placed in the DROP BOX, located near the parking garage entrance at the back of the Courthouse.
Citizens are offered the convenience of paying current taxes at the following banks:
First Bank & Trust in Wise and City of Norton;
Miners Exchange Banks in Appalachia, Coeburn, St Paul, Wise and City of Norton:
New Peoples Bank in Big Stone Gap, Esserville and Pound:
Powell Valley National Bank in Big Stone Gap and Wise.
Provided for the taxpayer’s additional convenience, taxes may also be paid by credit/debit card through, http://www.wisecounty.org/Treasurer/pay_taxes.html.
Taxpayers may also call the Wise County Treasurer’s office and pay with a check by phone. A convenience fee will be charged by the provider for these two services.
For address changes and questions about the assessment of your property, contact the Commissioner of Revenue Office at (276) 328-3556 or (276) 328-3557.
For questions concerning payments or if you have not received a tax ticket for property owned, please contact the Wise County Treasurer’s Office at (276) 328-4077.
Information provided by: Delores W. Smith, CPA, MGT, Wise County Treasurer
Virginia Contractors Receive Free Digital Licenses for Secure, Contactless Verification
Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) and Merit, the interoperable digital credentials ecosystem, have expanded their 2019 partnership to issue free digital versions of contractors’ licenses to thousands of professionals across the Commonwealth.
These digital licenses, known as merits, can be activated and managed through any web browser, or on the go through Merit’s secure smartphone app, eliminating the need to carry a paper license. Most importantly, these digital licenses make license checks at local permitting offices and jobsites fast, easy, and contactless.
Learn more at www.merits.com/DPORcontractor or watch the video at https://vimeo.com/461564356.
Preventing Coronavirus Disease Spread in Your Community
How to prepare and take action for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – follow this Link.
Also, the LENOWISCO Health District has provided additional information – Coronavirus CovID-19 Letter and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Flyer.
"Wise County Economic Prosperity Opportunity Fund"
A COVID-19 Small Business Loan Assistance Program
Communities across the country are experiencing unprecedented economic devastation as efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic continue throughout Wise County, the State of Virginia, and the nation. Small, locally owned businesses - the lifeblood of our communities - have especially been hit hard by the economic fallout from efforts to combat the ongoing global health crisis.
In response, Wise County, in partnership with the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA), the Wise County Board of Supervisors, Lenowisco PDC and the Wise County IDA is pleased to announce the development of the "Wise County Economic Prosperity Opportunity Fund". This small business loan program is being implemented to help Wise County small businesses bridge the gap between current finances and anticipated federal and state funding assistance.
For more information, see the Full Notice.
Effective July 1, 2019 Virginia Code Section 15.2-2511 requires the locality’s audit firm to present the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report to the local governing body at a public session by the following December 31. If the audit is delayed, a locality must publish a statement that the required audit is pending, the reasons for the delay, and the estimated date of completion.
Wise County's Fiscal Year 2019 audit is not complete. The county has component units that are audited by different auditing firms. The county has not received the audit report from one of those firms. That firm recently merged with another firm and are behind on their audits. The Wise County Comprehensive Annual Financial Report’s estimated date of completion is February 29, 2020.
At their Jan. 10, 2019 Regular Meeting, the Wise County Board of Supervisors adopted the 2015 Virginia Maintenance Code – Part III of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (effective Sept. 4, 2018) for Wise County. Full text of the Code is available for download --> HERE.