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14

Computerized Assessment Data Not Exempt from FOIA

State and county tax officials must turn over computerized tax assessment data to the public or business owners, the state West Virginia Supreme Court ruled.

The court overturned a January 2013 ruling in Kanawha County Circuit Court finding that computer-assisted mass appraisal files used by county assessors to help determine home values were exempt from disclosure under the state Freedom of Information Act. State and county tax officials argued that the data included sensitive information that might include whether a homeowner had a burglar alarm, whether a home was vacant because the homeowner was in a nursing home or other private information.

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