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Westover Council votes in favor of gross sales tax, raises for mayor, council members

A pair of ordinances implementing Westover’s 1% municipal gross sales tax acquired unanimous first studying approval throughout Monday’s assembly of Westover Metropolis Council. 

The West Virginia Dwelling Rule Board  permitted Westover’s software to the Dwelling Rule program again in October. That software included the institution of the brand new gross sales tax in addition to quite a few code enforcement issues.   

If finally permitted, the gross sales tax will take impact July 1, 2024, and is predicted to generate roughly $3.3 million yearly for town. 

As a requirement of creating the gross sales tax, town should cut back its enterprise and occupation privilege taxes — which means non-construction B&O taxes. These taxes fall into quite a few classes, together with amusement, banking, contracting, manufacturing, public service utility, rental, retail, service and wholesale. 

Council voted to amend and reenact Article 757 pertaining to enterprise and occupation taxes eliminating B&O taxes on manufacturing, wholesalers and amusement.

Added collectively, these three classes generated a complete of $35,034 in fiscal 12 months 2022 and $26,333 in FY 2021. 

The town can also be proposing decrease B&O taxes within the service/different class, from 1% to .75%, in addition to in banking/monetary from 1% to .50%. 

Service/different B&O taxes generated $328,371 in FY 2022 and $381,882 in FY 2021. Taxes generated from banking and monetary establishments introduced in $17,361 in FY 2022. 

In different information from Monday’s assembly, council forged a 3rd and last vote to approve constitution modifications elevating the pay for the positions of mayor and council member. 

Starting July 1, 2024, the mayor’s pay will soar from $55,000 to $75,000. The mayor will even be included in future cost-of-living raises permitted by council. 

Council voted 6-0 to approve the elevate, with Councilor Jeff Pal abstaining. 

Members of council are paid per assembly. The per-meeting charge will improve from $80 to $120. 

Council voted 4-0 to approve, with councilors Pal, Edie Viola and Ally Jackson abstaining.  

Lastly, at $27,250 B&D Transport was the bottom of three bidders to put a concrete pad for the brand new concession stand in Westover Park.