Landline telephone companies' valuations dropped 4 percent, mirroring the decline of households with landline telephone service.
"Folks continue nationwide, and in West Virginia, the practice of disconnecting their home line and going totally wireless," Amburgy said.
Also, from the beginning of 2011 to the end of this year, a total of four coal-fired power plants in the state will shut down, he said.
FirstEnergy Corp. shut down three plants in northern West Virginia on Sept. 1. Those plants were used as peaking facilities, and accounted for less than 1 percent of the utility's electric production.
Amburgy said the plant closures will not significantly affect the state's utility properties tax base, but could significantly affect property tax revenues in the local communities.
Under state law, the Board of Public Works -- made up of the governor, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, attorney general, agriculture commissioner and state superintendent of schools -- must approve annual property valuations for all utilities operating in the state, including water, natural gas, electric and telephone companies, as well as railroads.
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