Wheeling council to weigh sales tax hike this week

WHEELING, W.Va. -- Wheeling City Council is moving ahead on plans to raise the city's sales tax half a percent to 6.5 percent.Revenue from the tax will be used to pay for infrastructure needs and downtown development. It would apply to all items except food, gas and vehicle purchases.It's part of Wheeling's plan to get rid of the business and occupation tax without losing revenue.Mayor Andy McKenzie tells WTOV the change won't take effect for a while.
City Council will consider it this week and again later this month. But legislation allowing the tax doesn't become effective until July 1.The West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board recently approved the city's plan.Wheeling, Huntington, Charleston and Bridgeport, are participating in the state's pilot home rule program. 
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