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Huntington City Council to Vote on User Fee Increase

Huntington, Ohio River

  The Huntington City Council is set to decide whether to implement a $2 increase in a user fee.

The council plans to vote on the proposal Monday night that would provide an additional $3 million in revenue annually for Huntington.

The fee is assessed to paychecks for anyone working within the city limits. It was enacted under then-Mayor David Felinton in 2002 at $2 a week, then raised to $3 under then-Mayor Kim Wolfe in 2009. It is used for road paving projects and supplement the police department’s budget.

Current Mayor Steve Williams has said the increase to $5 is needed if the city wants to undertake major road and infrastructure projects, hire additional police officers and provide equipment upgrades.