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Parkersburg, Vienna Implement Sales Taxes Under Home Rule

An aerial view of downtown Parkersburg.

Businesses in Parkersburg and Vienna will begin charging an additional penny on the dollar for taxable items and services this week.

Each city has implemented a 1 percent municipal sales tax under West Virginia’sMunicipal Home Rule Pilot Program. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports that the municipal taxes will be added to the state’s 6 percent sales tax on Wednesday.

State law requires cities that impose a municipal sales tax to reduce business and occupation taxes.

Vienna’s business and occupation tax cuts will go into effect on Wednesday. Parkersburg plans to delay its tax cuts until Jan. 1, 2016.

The Home Rule Board has asked Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for an opinion on whether Parkersburg’s plan complies with the law.