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West Virginia legislator: State Home Rule likely to be renewed in 2019


The Journal

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.  — While the West Virginia state Legislature is likely to renew its pilot municipal home rule program next summer, one state legislator says the program needs to be re-examined, and home rule cities need to cut their business and occupancy tax more quickly.

Approved by the Legislature in 2007 and then renewed in 2015, the home rule program allows cities to enact a 1 percent city sales tax. The one caveat: Cities must first start reducing their B&O tax. Set to expire at the end of fiscal year 2018-19, the program now consists of over 30 cities, including Martinsburg.

West Virginia’s B&O tax is imposed on businesses for “the privilege of engaging on certain business activities,” according to the West Virginia State Tax Department.

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