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Board OKs Wheeling tax, Huntington blight plan

May. 26, 2013 @ 06:56 PM

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Wheeling has won state approval to impose a municipal sales tax, while Huntington can proceed with its plan to reduce blight.

The West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board approved both cities’ requests during a recent meeting in Clarksburg.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register says Wheeling plans to charge a half-a-percent sales tax on most goods and services. Revenue from the tax will be used to pay for infrastructure needs and downtown development.

Huntington plans to authorize building and health inspectors to issue citations on the spot for code violations, rather than taking violators to municipal court.

Wheeling and Huntington, along with Charleston and Bridgeport, are participating in the state’s pilot home rule program. The Legislature expanded the program during this year’s regular session to allow other cities to participate.

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