Let Cities Keep Sales Tax Revenue

Most of the time, West Virginia legislators seem to avoid mandates that will affect local governments adversely. That is not always the case.

A bill passed quietly and quickly during lawmakers’ special session this week would allow the state to keep as much as 5 percent of any sales taxes collected by municipalities. That sounds like an idea that might originate in Washington, D.C., not Charleston.

Officials in some cities, including Wheeling, are considering new sales taxes. Here, Business and Occupation taxes would be cut as part of the plan.

But taking 5 percent of the sales tax money would affect Wheeling and cities in similar positions adversely.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin should veto the bill.