RHODELL, W.Va. — A financially troubled West Virginia township has voted to dissolve, 80 years after its incorporation.

Local news outlets report that Rhodell will become an unincorporated area of Raleigh County beginning July 1 after its citizens approved giving up the town charter in a 33-13 vote on Tuesday.

Raleigh County Commissioner Dave Tolliver says the county will not assume Rhodell’s outstanding debt. The township owes $32,000 to the state tax department, in addition to debts to the IRS and other agencies. The city did not have a business, and its only income was the water service district, which is in disrepair. Tolliver says officials in charge when the debts were incurred are responsible.

Rhodell was incorporated in 1937. Tolliver says the move is nearly unprecedented in the state.

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