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W.Va. Cities to Ask Home Rule Board to OK Taxes


Several cities participating in West Virginia’s home rule program are seeking approval to impose sales taxes.

The tax proposals and other requests will be considered by the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board on Monday during a meeting in Fairmont.

The Exponent Telegram reports that Charles Town, Martinsburg, Nitro, Parkersburg, Ranson and Vienna have proposed enacting sales taxes.

Wheeling is seeking permission to increase its existing sales tax. Milton’s proposal wasn’t immediately available.

Wheeling is one of the four charter home rule cities. The other cities were accepted into the program in October.

Board chairman Patsy Trecost says he expects the proposals will be approved, as long as the cities have taken certain steps. These steps include holding public hearings.