Charleston Mayor Proposes Half-Cent Sales Tax Hike

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Mayor Danny Jones on Monday proposed a half-cent sales tax during a city Finance Committee meeting.

That proposal replaced earlier discussion to possibly raise the fire and refuse fee.

Should Jones' proposal ultimately be passed by City Council, it would bump the city sales tax to 7 percent. It was raised last year to 6.5 percent.

Jones explained that a sales tax works better because a fire and refuse fee would go into the general fund -- where it is more difficult to keep track of and specify where the money goes.

A sales tax hike would allow city officials to make sure the money would specifically go toward the $287 million deficit in the police and fire pension fund. That's the primary reason city leaders are trying to raise additional revenue.

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