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Wheeling Spending Cuts an Obligation

March 29, 2014

People continue to leave the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio, as we reported this week. U.S. Census figures show that since 2010, the population of every county in the region has decreased....

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Mar-30-14 8:49 PM

Retired municipal employees are guaranteed their pensions even if a city would file bank ruptcy --problem in Wheeling is uniformed retirees get a cost of living increase every year by sending a representatives to Charleston every year during March to lobby . Oh by the way the fire and police lobbyist are still PAYED as being working their shift !!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mar-29-14 7:54 PM

The Editor makes an important point :those remaining behind will be stuck with huge expenses.

It should be noted that the decline has continued despite the formidable area gas activity. Once this is over- and the WWII and Korean War age group have passed- the decline will accelerate. Nothing is being done in the way of new starts/new directions.

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Mar-29-14 2:51 PM

The Wheeling city officials don't seem willing or inclined to reduce spending. I think they've got Obama-itis. Spend, spend and then spend some more. As long as they can continue to collect tax revenues, they'll keep spending. They've enacted a .5% sales tax, they're retaining the B & O Tax (which, by the way is the most unfair tax of all) and they just refuse to take out those visitor killing parking meters. I wonder what percentage of the city budget goes to retired city employees. Before Wheeling Steel closed its doors, they were paying more to retirees than current employees.

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Mar-29-14 10:26 AM

but they[the politicians]are saying that the property values are increasing.with everyone leaving?the commoners aren't that dumb.lies.

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