MORGANTOWN — Monongalia County officials said they believe budgetary oversight of the West Virginia Supreme Court is both warranted and a complex issue fraught with potential conflicts.

Monongalia County Commissioner Tom Bloom has said publicly that he supports amending the state Constitution to provide budgetary oversight for the West Virginia Supreme Court after learning of the high court’s expensive taste in office decor.

Bloom’s comments were in response to a recent media report outlining several seemingly over-the-top purchases, including a $32,000 couch for Chief Justice Allen Loughry’s office and a long list of amenities and additions, like nearly $2,000 for throw pillows and more than $7,000 for a one-off art piece built into the floor of the chief justice’s office.

The story is of particular interest to the Monongalia County Commission, which remains in a nearly two-year disagreement with the court over what constitutes “reasonable” rent in downtown Morgantown.

In February 2016, the commission voted unanimously to begin invoicing the supreme court at a rate of $24.90. County Administrator Rennetta McClure confirmed that is still the invoiced price, though the state never acknowledged the change in rent other than to say it wouldn’t pay it and continues to send payments at a rate of $12.

Following the commission’s most recent meeting, Bloom said any agency spending tax dollars should be subject to oversight.