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Mayor Calls For B&O Tax Change

Claims overhaul needed to revitalize downtown

February 27, 2013

WHEELING — Mayor Andy McKenzie wants to review the City Charter and overhaul the business and occupation tax structure to help create new opportunities as he and other leaders look to rebuild......

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acousticportal

Feb-27-13 8:23 AM

Thank you for addressing the B&O tax situation...it has been a long time burden and disincentive for business in downtown.

A glimmer of hope shines through the dust of demolition.

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dyingov

Feb-27-13 9:30 AM

Eliminate the tax and create a fee...what is the difference? Smoke-n-mirrors at all levels of goberment.....

McKenzie's B&O Tax proposal would eliminate the current deduction on the tax for downtown businesses, which he said did not provide enough of an incentive for new construction. In its place, the city would create a new credit that businesses could use against construction and sales. He also proposed a flat permit fee for downtown construction over the next five years.

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Johnson2616

Feb-27-13 10:25 AM

Delbrugge, not happy with the pay, fine, don't run for re-election. Wonder how much taxes are paid by "higher learning" entities; believe the answer is NONE.

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wvhoopie2

Feb-27-13 11:27 AM

The statement cut B&O taxes sound good but where are you going to get the lost revenue. First cut spending and all the other little benefits for government.

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wvhoopie2

Feb-27-13 11:29 AM

Return to what is a good level of B&O tax. Just like GE always says they do not need higher taxes but they end up not paying a dime. Giving tax breaks to businesses has been proven to be not cost effective and the city loses revenues and the taxpayer ends up paying more to make up the lost.

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wvhoopie2

Feb-27-13 11:50 AM

This could be a idea for the charter change. Go to a part time council of 11 made up of by wards and mayor pick from council by a vote every two years. Have a full time City Manager with a vote every year or two of confidence to keep his job. This would be a way to keep government becoming a self-promoting government and the real measure would be small government and cheaper government and citizen benefits.

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wvhoopie2

Feb-27-13 12:07 PM

Great idea for Clator OP, sale the land to a developer and now you can relocate to some other place. This is modern math. Sell the op for say 200k and then the city can buy and build a new op for 800k and the saving will be higher taxes for the citizen to keep up with the people in New York. Great idea sell, sell, sell buyer will be announce later.

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NCK9POLICE

Feb-27-13 2:17 PM

Mrs. Delbrugge you get a half%&@ salary for half%&@ work. Make a difference or move on if your salary is not enough. Nobody held a gun to your head to run, you knew the salary when you ran for this position, don't whine and cry now.

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Ragnar

Feb-27-13 6:28 PM

The Operations Center idea will line the pockets of a few well-connected citizens. This is nothing more than a money grab at taxpayer expense.

If there is no private sector demand for the Claytor site (ie. no person or company demanding that the city sell them the site for development), why the rush to move the Ops Center?

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Ragnar

Feb-27-13 6:32 PM

I remember reading that the members of the Board of Directors of Main Street Bank, an up and coming private sector, profit seeking entity, earn $100 for each monthly board meeting and $50 for each committee meeting. Say you attend the monthly meeting and 6 committee meetings per year. That is a whopping $1,500 per year.

Wheeling City Council members feel that they are underpaid at $8,500 per year?!!!!? What do they do?

1% of Wheeling's population walks out the door each year, crime contines to rise, the city bends the law to seize private property for the benefit of a non-profit entity, there are no jobs and spending increases each year and they want a RAISE?

Explain to the taxpayers just why you think you deserve a raise. Time spent in meetings does not count. What counts is ACCOMPLISHMENT and we haven't seen that from these yahoos.

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UNCOMMONSENSE

Feb-27-13 6:48 PM

Typical corrupt and tyrannical government spending millions of OUR dollars to EXPAND rather than REDUCE!!!

The CURRENT operations center fills EVERY need of the city so why are these crooks wanting to steal MORE money from the people to build a NEW one in the WORST economy since the great depression??!!!

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wvhoopie2

Feb-28-13 12:43 PM

Why does government always think they are entitled to the newest and latest equipment and buildings? Funny how people are living in homes 100 years old and driving cars 10 years old. Let government learn to live on a tight budget.

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wvhoopie2

Feb-28-13 12:46 PM

Wheeling is on the path of Pittsburgh in its goal of lofts downtown and cutting B&O taxes. Wheeling is no Pittsburgh and never will be in the next 100 years but they might become broke like Pittsburgh was and the State will have to come in an run the city.

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wvhoopie2

Feb-28-13 12:48 PM

Wheeling is on the path of Pittsburgh in its goal of lofts downtown and cutting B&O taxes. Wheeling is no Pittsburgh and never will be in the next 100 years but they might become broke like Pittsburgh was and the State will have to come in an run the city and increases taxes for the mistakes.

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ArmenTamzarian

Feb-28-13 6:02 PM

mayor lives in fantasy land. city counsel is overpaid already.

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