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W.Va. Home Rule Board OKs Cities' Sales Tax Plans

An aerial view of downtown Parkersburg.

  Seven cities participating in West Virginia’s home rule pilot program have won approval to impose sales taxes.

The West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board also approved Wheeling’s plan to increase an existing sales tax to 1 percent.

The board considered the tax proposals and other aspects of the cities’ home rule plans during a meeting Monday in Fairmont.

Parkersburg, Martinsburg, Charles Town, Vienna, Ranson, Nitro and Milton are among 16 cities chosen this year to participate in the home rule program. Wheeling is one of the original home rule cities.

The Legislature created the program in 2007. The program gives municipalities a larger say in how they govern by shifting power from the state to the local level.