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McKenzie Wants Tax Changes

Wheeling mayor wants sales tax increase

April 12, 2013

WHEELING — Mayor Andy McKenzie on Thursday proposed increasing Wheeling’s sales tax by a half-percent while scaling back its business and occupation tax — a move he said should improve the city’s......

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Apr-13-13 12:51 PM

@Howard - "I can remember a time when people were elbow to elbow on the sidewalks of Wheeling. Wheeling's population was 65,000. "

Yes Howard.....I was little (but precocious) and remember that world. I remember riding the street car over to the Island and then up on what was called 'The Steel Bridge' into Wheeling. Arriving right next to the Hawley Bldg at the top of the hill on Main St. City alive with street cars and private vehicles, packed sidewalks, tearooms, restaurants, three 5&10's, nine movie houses, etc.

Howard, that world is gone....never to return. The 'managers' who run Wheeling now were not born and/or moved to Wheeling after the 'golden years'. My Grandma told me of the 'pre-20th century Wheeling' of her youth. Her generation had their Wheeling, we had ours. The current folks have their Wheeling. Kinda sad. Favorite memory? Oglebay Park before it was 'discovered' and exploited as a 'resort' for out-of-towners. A city park, Old Man Oglebay's gift to u

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Apr-13-13 6:15 AM

What is left of Wheeling in addition to empty lots, banks, law offices and government offices? You can't buy a pair of socks in downtown Wheeling. There are no restaurants remaining. I can remember a time when people were elbow to elbow on the sidewalks of Wheeling. Wheeling's population was 65,000. Today it is less than 30,000. All that made Wheeling what it was is gone. What a shame!!!

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Apr-12-13 10:54 PM

The Nutters that run this rag of a paper give the headline as, "McKenzie Wants Tax Changes". Yeah....'changes' riiiiight! Doesn't consider taxing businesses more...nope....just raise the 'sales tax' on the lowly (and likely unemployed) workers. Yeah! That's the ticket!

They cancelled the idiotic 'Buck Wild'...someone could make a fortune with a sitcom featuring the Northern Panhandle Politicians. The screwball 'comb over' guy whose raison d'etre is the Bellaire Bridge and added to the 'mix' is McKenzie tilting a windmills (building the church playground, an empty theater, and wrecking ball the city to create one huge empty parking lot. All 'dialogue' must be prefaced with the word, 'duh.....'

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Apr-12-13 9:06 PM

Crime and vice are not nice, a hint to the wise that you cannot disguise that some are only indicted on income tax fraud when they have become notorious enough to draw attention to those careers that are hard to mention. blessed Dom Pino Puglisi from heaven looks down, an honest priest wearing a heavenly crown and we are here with a mission to name that when we see him in heaven we will feel no shame and have lived with grace making the Ohio Valley a beautiful place.

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Apr-12-13 9:03 PM

hefner you words really mean nothing to us. you failed in wheeling and turned tail and ran. you know nothing of how things work or you would have made it.

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Apr-12-13 7:33 PM

You people are way overanalyzing this.

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Apr-12-13 7:21 PM

Why do the taxpayers update the WESBANCO arena?

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Apr-12-13 5:48 PM

And if you get your news from the TV stations or the BLOOM LIBERAL show, you are getting nothing but liberal slant and propaganda for hire!

They shamelessly promote any liberal cause whether it's gun grabbing or taxing the residents to run a swimming pool that needs to be closed!

BLOOM LIBERAL merely promotes the liberal agenda, the local police state and tax and spend mentality of the super libs!

The other talk station is simply a bunch of kool aide drinking libs who talk all day about nothing!

These fakes and phonies need to be taken off the air so that we can get some REAL talk show hosts in the area that have a greater IQ than than their shoe size!

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Apr-12-13 3:44 PM

Hefner, your 100% correct on this one. Start the petition, I'll be glad to sign it. Mckenzie has ruined this city. Being from Detroit and living through the riots, Detroit looked better after the riots then this disgraceful place.

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Apr-12-13 3:13 PM

Perhaps if some would get off their fat arse and quit eating popcorn they would learn something about their city government and they too would become concerned. The citizen's apathy has created the ignorance that is Wheeling city government and it far past time for the citizens to reassert themselves.

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Apr-12-13 2:40 PM

If you had that much money left over from tax payers then you should have given the money back to the tax payers.

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Apr-12-13 2:38 PM

I also think that giving tax money to a soup kitchen or health care facility might be way out of line as well. If these are non-profit organizations then I believe it was wrong to give money to them that comes from tax payers.

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Apr-12-13 2:34 PM

There seems to be something illegal about the fact that the city council wants to buy up the city land for business endeavors to create income for the city. This just seems so wrong to me. It may even be considered abuse of power. The elected officials are supposed to work for the public not the public working for the officials. You seem to be over stepping your bounds. Spending too much money and too high of wages for yourselves. Maybe the DA needs to investigate the goings on to see if there is anything illegal going on with the city officials.

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Apr-12-13 1:51 PM

Too much favoritism to pet projects that are only used by a few. Also, some are still treated as royalty. in the city gov and by the city gov. The names keep popping up. If the average "Joe Blow" comes up with a good idea, it's rapidly shot down.

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Apr-12-13 1:15 PM

Where is our tax money going? Seriously...I don't know...I can't see it...millions and millions prudently collected every year...

Soon...we will all have mirror sun-glasses and little mustaches....even the women.

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Apr-12-13 12:24 PM

*sitting back with popcorn, watching Hefner get his panties twisted. Not that I totally disagree, though. It's just that perpetually whiny people doing what they do, rarely bestir my goat.

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Apr-12-13 8:55 AM

“McKenzie believes these projects could generate between $10 million and $20 million in private investment, though he did not specify how he arrived at those figures.” This is an absolute fantasy of McKenzie’s imagination. Is there one commercial entity of any description that has proposed any investment in the city limits of Wheeling that would generate 20%, at a minimum, of the $10 to $20 million of which McKenzie fantasizes? Mr. Mayor, name one!

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Apr-12-13 8:37 AM

The Mayor and the City Manager’s flawed TIF plans are now raising their ugly heads resulting in the city having no money to deal with infrastructure problems as I warned them would happen. Add to that the fact that the so-called downtown area is nothing more than a memory, plus the Mayor’s disgraceful spending on the Capitol theatre, the East Wheeling Central Catholic practice football field and so many other idiotic waste, and the taxpayer’s find they will have to pay an additional 0.50% in sales tax to cover the mismanagement of the Mayor and his co-conspirators. Face facts, Wheeling is not going to attract either commercial or retail business to the former downtown area, so get over it and quit throwing money at a lost cause. Reduced the personnel count of the Police and Fire departments and city personnel to generate revenue, and plan on losing the income from the Casino. Get Real!

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Apr-12-13 8:29 AM

Just went to wtov to read the story. the headline is still there, but the story is not there.

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Apr-12-13 7:41 AM

LA city is 9% sales tax rate. Still broke.

NO amount of money satisfies the tax monster known as "Government".

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Apr-11-13 8:02 PM

I know this paper well and know what it used to be, and know how it has shirked from its responsibility to keep the people informed. I hold this paper and its owners and editors partially responsible for what Wheeling has become,but they like the rest of the money that was once Wheeling have grown old, disinterested, and have given up. You will soon see this paper down to one daily and when Mr. Nutting, the Senior passes,maybe disappear all together or maybe become a weekly.

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Apr-11-13 7:55 PM

@negativeellie & wonderwhy: Yes the mayor was a registered Republican but I don't know how he is now registered. Like so many who have fled Wheeling and WV I do not deny my heritage and I spread the good news of Wheeling and WV wherever and whenever I can. I still have hoe for the future, but it will be a long road.

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Apr-11-13 7:54 PM

Hefner - Glad you explained. I'm sure most would agree that living it and hearing about it are two very different things.

And, if you trust this newspaper as you only source of info, you're a fool. If you used the provided link, and read the WTOV story, you saw how much more to this story there is other than a 1/2 sales tax.

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Apr-11-13 7:43 PM

@negativenellie: For your enlightenment I was born and brought up in Wheeling, my mother and father are buried there as are many relatives, and I have relatives who still live there. I went to school with the Mayor's mother and although I lived outside of the state for many years, I visited Wheeling often while my parents were still living, and I followed Wheeling's current events from the day this newspaper came online. Upon retiring, I foolishly returned to Wheeling not fully understanding how deeply it had slipped into recession. Having witnessed the hopelessness of the city I felt my remaining years would be better spent in a thriving and vibrant area, and environment to which, over the years, I had grown accustomed. I regret not finding what I hoped would be there, but I think daily of my friends there, I have my memories, and yes, occasionally I miss it.

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Apr-11-13 7:03 PM

Isn't McKenzie a republican?

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