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Charleston user fee to go from $2 to $2.50 a week

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Those who work within Charleston city limits will have to pay 50 cents more a week for the city’s service fee, which City Council raised Monday night.

The service fee, also called the user fee, will increase from $2.00 to $2.50 beginning Jan. 1, 2016. It will increase another 50 cents in 2020 to $3.00.

The user fee is currently $2 taken out of the weekly paychecks of those who work in the city. When first implemented in 2004, the fee was to provide revenue to repair city streets and pay for more police positions.

The fee was raised in a 20-4 vote. Councilmen Chuck Overstreet, Courtney Persinger, Cubert Smith and Jerry Ware voted against the measure.

Ware introduced a motion to table the bill before it came down to a vote, saying there was nothing urgent about passing the measure. That was voted down 15 to 9…

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