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Wednesday, October 3, 2012 News Spirit of JEFFERSON and FAR/vlER'S ADVC)CATE MARLA PISCIOTTA Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN -- Even though there is no oil or gas produced in Jefferson Coun- ty, the county and its five mu- nicipalities financially benefit from the gas severance tax. According to the West Vir- ginia Oil and Natural Gas As- sociation, the county received $33,485.17 in gas severance tax on earnings collected in 2010. The tax is divided between the county and the five munic- ipalities, Charles Town, Ran- son, Harpers Ferry, Shepherd- stown and Bolivar, which di- vided $43,977.73 among them- Selves. "The state collects the tax and splits it up between all 55 counties," said Danny Fori- nash, public information offi- cer for the West Virginia Tax Department. Twenty-five percent of the revenue collected goes to the counties and 75 percent goes to the municipalities. "The money received by the municipalities is based on the population according to the latest census." For instance,* if the state should collect 10 percent on $50,000, that amount would break down to 25 percent, or $1,250, going to all 55 coun- ties and the remaining 75 per- cent or $3,750 going to the municipalities. The tax is calculated from statewide gas and oil drilling in- come, said Corky DeMarco, ex- ecutive director of the state's Oil and Natural Gas Association. The total severance tax paid to all counties and municipal- ities combined for 2010 was $7,0~8,737.58. DeMarco said severance tax income will become an 'even greater factor for the state bud- get as production increases from the Marcellus shale for- mation that runs beneath most of West Virginia. Jefferson County received only $37 in property tax from leases, Berkeley received $791, and Morgan $1,323, said DeMarco. "There is a little bit of leases in the far western part of Mor- gan County," DeMarco said. Suit FROM PAGE A1 Packard-Gomez also faces civil and criminal charges in Jefferson County for looting the estate. He is currently a fugitive from justice. A Maryland court ruled in April 2011 that he owes the heirs about $1.4 million. According to the civil com- plaint filed against him, Pack- ard-Gomez used Warfield's investment account as collat- eral for a $1.1 million short- term loan to complete renova- tions on a building they had jointly acquired. However, the loan was never repaid and PNC Bank foreclosed on the invest- ment account, which was sup- posed to be divided among several of Warfield's heirs, ac- cording to his will. But because the estate was only bonded with a $90,000 Traveler's Insurance policy, Warfield's inheritors were large- ly left empty-handed. "The procedures that should have been in place to prevent this guy from looting the estate didn't work," said Stephen Skin- ner, the heirs' attorney. "The number one issue here is that the bond should have been re- quired for the right amount. We can't have probate function this way. If someone can just walk in off the street and become the administrator of the estate and write checks - if we don't have protections for the beneficiaries that actually work - then our whole system collapses." Skinner said they are still try- ing to figure out the total amount that Packard-Gomez looted from the estate, but that the figure is probably larger than the $1.1 million loan he defaulted on. In her response to the civil complaint, Maghan denies any prominent in D.C. life James Packard-Gomez, the Tareq famously crashed a din- man accused of pillaging the ner at the White House. estate of John Warfield, and his former husband, Erwin Gomez-Packard, a makeup artist, were prominent figures in Washington high society. They have been featured in the Washingtonian and Wash- ington Post, and their now~de- funct business, Erwin Gomez Salon and Spa. had a client list that reportedly included Bar- bara and Jenna Bush. Gomez-Packard is also re- Gomez-Packard told the Washingtonian that, at around the same time the salon they had built - with loans guaran- teed by Warfield's investment accounts - Packard-Gomez began to lose control. Gomez- Packard said Packard-Gomez even threatened to kill him and his mother for putting too much salt on his eggs. Packard-Gomez disap- peared in 2011, according to ported to have also done the the Washingtonian, after a makeup for Michaele Salahi warrant for his arrest was is- before she and her husband sued in Jefferson County. wrongdoing and says she "acted reasonably and in good faith." It also states that she had no infor- mation on the value of the estate beyond that which was provided by Packard-Gomez. Stay Current on Community Events and News. Subscribe to the Spirit of Jefferson! Call (304) 725-2046 Price, Product, Warranty & Service We Can't Be Beat ,,, Guaranteed! L01rlr|mT JEFFERSON COUNTY ........... $1,261,891,00 RANSON ................... , ...... $121,670,00 BOUVAR ...................................... $28,650,89 SHEPHERDSTOWN ............ $47,54t,57 CHARLES TOWN ....................... $144,128,93 TOTAL FUNDS HARPERS FERRY .......................... $7, ,13 DISTRIBUTED ................ $1,611 718,52 ROBERTSNYDER Remedies for stink bugs are all the rage, Rescue's Stink Bug Light is an LED attachment that fits over a trap that plugs into a wall outlet or battery pack. The traps and light are available at Gowers Feed in Ranson. Bugs FROM PAGE A1 beans and other vegetables. Leskey said researches are learning about the different wild hosts and how they an influence the stink bug popu- lation .'" Some of the hosts the bug uses are hardwood trees that produce a lot of seeds. "The bug sucks the seed of white ash and box elder," she said. Leskey said some research- ers have expanded their tist of potential killers to include baited traps and a native bug, the even uglier "wheetbug." The brown marmorated stink bug is believed to have been accidentally introduced into the United States in a packing crate from China or Japan that was shipped to Al- lentown, Penn. The parasitoid wasp from China is a primary predator of the stink bug. The U.S. is undergoing a study for possi- ble introduction of the wasp in 2013. Leskey said scientists have made some progress in cre- ating a pheromone lure that can attract the stink bug. The lure is currently being tested. Leskey said attracting stink bugs is helpful in several ways for research, but the best rem- edy will be to lure them to a specific place where they can be annihilated. Kristen Dorsey from Sha- manic Herbalist, Divine Jour- neys said spraying them when they are covering an outside of a wall or window works best. "I use a combination of bleach and soap in a hose end sprayer, and then wet them heavily with the solution. That seems to kill most of them, and repel them for a short time," she said. Dorsey said for the interior she uses glue traps that lure the bugs in with light. "These traps are not available at hard- ware and improvement stores. I simply vacuum the bugs up. It gets a tad smelly, but at least they are not buzzing around my home." "The strong fall second gen- eration is a good indicator that next year's population will be even stronger. A large pop- ulation now means a poten- tially larger population in the spring. Leskey Said it's easy to see why. Each female stink bug carries 10 egg sacks with 28 eggs each. "For now, my advice would be to seal your house," she said. 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