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Council Enacts City Sales Tax

Wheeling’s long-time B&O tax will be reduced

June 19, 2013

WHEELING — In unanimous votes Tuesday, Wheeling City Council voted to impose a 0.5-percent sales tax within city limits and scale back its Business and Occupation Tax....

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Jun-20-13 6:44 PM

I have yet to hear a clear explanation of these numbers. The Boy Mayor is claiming that $1.4 million will be raised from a 0.5% sales tax that does not include cars and amusements.

Work with me here-0.5% is 1/2 of 1%. So, if 1/2 of 1% equates to $1.4 million in new revenue, 1% must come out to $2.8 million. Multiply 1 by 100 and get $280 million.

Does anyone-ANYONE-truly believe that there are $280 million in non-vehicle/amusement sales within city limits each year?

Anyone? Bueller? Fry? Peterson?

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Jun-20-13 2:00 AM

If the Civic Center and Capitol are such huge successes, why add taxes to support improvements? They should be paid from alleged profits. As the venues continue to fail will more taxes be added?

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Jun-19-13 6:18 PM

Council is the rubber stamp brigade. Herrons fingers up their bums like finger puppets. The citizens are not being represented by their council members. They vote how CEO Herron tells them to. Like a Jedi mind trick, Instead of "these are not the droids you are looking for". "this new tax and a raise for Herron is what the city needs".

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Jun-19-13 5:31 PM

Beatings will continue until morale improves!

That's the logic of this!

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Jun-19-13 2:36 PM

The picture vividly depicts over abundance and famine, the hair that is. When one has too much of something it is often ignored or not cared for as illustrated, and when one has nothing, like the lack of hair illustrated, they try a diversionary tactic, like the nearly hidden facial hair. A picture is worth a thousand words.

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Jun-19-13 2:09 PM

In other news:

"The IRS is set to pay roughly $70 million in employee-union bonuses, contrary to an Obama administration directive to halt such rewards amid the deep, government-wide budget cuts known as sequestration."

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Jun-19-13 1:23 PM

Do not deprive GOVT of their slushie!!

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Jun-19-13 12:56 PM

Congrats to the City Council. You have learned your lessons well from Obama.

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Jun-19-13 12:09 PM

Now you tax the citizen to pay for follies like the fields of dreams and then cut the B&O tax. People will be waiting in line to live in Wheeling. It is a tax to help support the increase size and pay of local government.

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Jun-19-13 10:49 AM

Triton...."Once upon a time there was a mall planned for Wheeling..alas the city forced it to St. C."

The City of Wheeling didn't force anything away the CITIZENS of Wheeling VOTED THE MALL DOWN IN AN ELECTION.

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Jun-19-13 9:49 AM

In other news, the price of the “sports park” in East Wheeling just went up to $3.3 MILLION, 22 new decorative tarps costing $130,000 were hung on utility poles around the city, and the City Manager just got a 15% raise.

Who says your ever-increasing hard-earned tax dollars aren’t being spent wisely?

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Jun-19-13 9:45 AM

hey hef,it's a political's kind of like one lies and the other one swears to it.monkey see,monkey do.

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Jun-19-13 8:41 AM

"Both residents who spoke during a public hearing prior to the vote worry that even though the total sales tax of 6.5 percent remains lower than in Ohio and Pennsylvania today."

Ohio sales tax-5.5% Pennsylvania sales tax 6.0%

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Jun-19-13 8:29 AM

Has this council ever not voted unamaniously for anything?

Instead of a 26% reduction in the B&O tax,why not charge the tax on the net profit instead of the gross profit?

Why do you people let these incompetents get away with this.

Refuse to be silent.

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Jun-19-13 8:17 AM

This is government double speak at its finest. Sort of a bait and switch and as Mr. Mayor is standing there blabbing that into the TV screen he knows that is trying to sell a load of baloney and is pretty confident that people will buy that. I am reducing the B&O tax as I am an American hero...oh yeah and than there is this other tax that I am enacting. Pay no attention to that or the man behind the curtain I am the Wizard of Odd. Then throw in some stuff about how this is going to create jobs, the mantra of the blah blah politician. Can't create jobs in a town where investment is met with protests of not in my area thank you (take those jobs to Ohio we doin't need them), or invest in Wheeling..umm but don't use trucks cuz it disturbs the roses. Once upon a time there was a mall planned for Wheeling..alas the city forced it to St. C. and then the next wave of prosperity is at Dallas Pike. Can I have cheese with the baloney, Mr. Mayor? Or must I go to Ohio for that too?

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Jun-19-13 6:56 AM

Little tax decrease for a bigger tax increase.....

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