No Incentive to Improve

Editor, News-Register:

Read your story on who will pay the bill. A big issue is the dilapidated buildings all over Wheeling. What incentive is there for a person to improve or repair a home and or business in Wheeling?

As soon as you file for a building permit to improve it all starts. The historical society does not approve of the way you want to fix things. To pacify them and come to there standards cost you thousands of extra dollars to comply and make them happy.

Then the assessor comes around and also rewards you with a significantly higher tax bill to boot. In reality I can’t see why anyone would want to improve anything in Wheeling the way the environment is now. Where is the compensation for your hard earned money and hard work? The opportunity to pay higher taxes?

Gregg E. Bambarger