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Nitro presents Home Rule proposal to board

By By Marta Tankersley
Staff writer

The city of Nitro is one step closer to being part of the Home Rule program which enables cities to be in more control of their own governance, Councilman John Montgomery said at a City Council meeting Tuesday.

City representatives presented their proposal to a state board that oversees the program Monday.

“I’m cautiously optimistic that Nitro will be one of the 16 cities accepted into the program,” Montgomery said.

Twenty-two cities are vying for a position, now that St. Albans’ application was rejected due to technicalities.

Montgomery said the Home Rule program will give the city the “authority to impose sales, service and use taxes,” with proceeds earmarked for reinvestment in infrastructure such as “street paving, dredging the lake, replacement of the city swimming pool and other much-needed projects including the Corps of Engineers riverbank stabilization project.”

“The city sales and use tax would be set at 1 percent,” he said. “I think the tax department would like the tax to be uniform and consistent throughout the state.”

In other news, council is considering the funding of upgrades to the Cross Lanes-Nitro Little League fields.

Little League President Ivan Meadows said the five fields located at Nitro City Park serve 44 teams and more than 450 children in a season. His proposal includes the construction of a multipurpose building for indoor training, a press box and lights at the girl’s field.

A committee was formed to study the feasibility and funding of the plan.

Reach Marta Tankersley at, 304-348-1249 or follow @Martree on Twitter.

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