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Vienna mayor supports home rule for city

March 28, 2013

VIENNA — Mayor Randy Rapp said he would be in favor of home rule in Vienna if the pilot program passes in the state Legislature this session....

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WVU1979

Mar-29-13 8:14 AM

If this statement is correct - "The Vienna Wal-Mart does not pay the B&O tax", then this new tax would not be necessary, right? How about Lowe's, do they pay the B&O tax? Again, these are questions, not statements of fact and if true then the citizens of Vienna should be outraged.

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rightfacts

Mar-28-13 10:41 PM

jbennett. Did you ever notice that those that are the most critical of someone trying to do good for the City as Mayor Rapp is.. They like Teflon are the least informend or perhaps don't just understand. Where do you suppose he gets his "advice" from. Tea Leaves??

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jbennett

Mar-28-13 6:34 PM

makes sense for a village like vienna. The whole operation would run smoother and cheaper with a city manager taking care of business.

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teflon

Mar-28-13 7:17 AM

this gives rapp an additional 1/2% and if one is awake, one knows that once the door is opened on a new tax it will eventually go up. rapp is already wanting to raise storm water fees because of the costs that are already out of control here. it is somewhat funny that wv., is reinventing the wheel. the city manager/ home rule concept has been around for decades and serves two purposes. 1. insulates the mayor/ city council from the behavior of the city staff/ city manager. alibi: gee whiz, I didn't know that? allows even more spending because they are again insulated from the results of whatever they scheme up. have watched this in other places and the city manager when not inebriated was a dictator with no controls except to the mayor and maybe one or two council members. enough to keep the job if necessary. sure may be some advantages to a tiny town of a couple of thousand people; but even they need to aware of the cost of this city manager? it is not a part time job.

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teflon

Mar-28-13 7:11 AM

the truth of the matter on this is about increased revenue. mayor rapp all the time talks about tax increases. be the storm water fees paid or getting the 1% sales tax. if and I repeat IF any person really thinks any business is going to reduce their costs to the end user because of a reduction in the b&o tax they are quite naïve. any sound business is already passing the b&o tax on to the buyer as part of doing business. any reduction serves two purposes: 1. increase business profits be it ever so slightly.2. allow rapp to get the 1% for his increased spending plans. now the b7o is divided between the state and city as I have been advised.

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