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City officials to attend conference

Parkersburg, Vienna to partner on home rule application

August 7, 2013

PARKERSBURG — City officials will be in Charleston this week for the West Virginia Municipal League’s annual conference....

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Aug-07-13 12:22 AM

"Newell said the state legislature earlier this year passed a bill limiting how those dollars could be spent, allowing them only to be used to reduce Building and Occupation Tax, also known as B&O."

If it only benefits those in business, then forget it. It's the working citizen who has been negatively effected the most through all of the fees. Another tax burden of (1%) to subsidize businesses is just wrong.

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Aug-07-13 3:21 AM


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Aug-07-13 4:52 AM

" Newell said. "While I have wanted to reduce or do away with B&O, I also thought this was an opportunity to reduce other fees like "police and fire" or even the "user fee." The Legislature won't allow us to reduce those fees." It would be nice if some people would learn to read!

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Aug-07-13 5:43 AM

It was Newell's ideal for user fee in the first place everyone knows he doesn't want to get rid of it. He needs to wait on home rule new mayor may not want it it's stupid to pass it with about 1 year left on his term.remember Newell is tax and spend mayor who doesn't care about the citizens of this great city.

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Aug-07-13 5:48 AM

if mr. rapp thinks that raising taxes for people because an other city did so is a plus; than he is sorely out of step-as usual.

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Aug-07-13 6:39 AM

If Newell thinks we want home Rule than let him put it on ballot let the great citizens of parkersburg vote on it

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Aug-07-13 9:25 AM

I personally think he knew all along. All he wants is yet another way to get into our pockets - I have news for him - they are empty!

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Aug-07-13 11:10 AM

Interesting theory GoldNBlue, but wouldn't another business look at Parkersburg and say "I can't believe they charge their workforce a fee to work" The city can be cute and call it a "user fee" but it's an employment tax which lowers the standard of living for the areas workforce or even a potential new workforce. I'm sure potential major businesses look at this and other factors in their decisions.

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Aug-07-13 12:36 PM

Time to move somewhere else. These local pols. are doing evrything they can to rob us of more of our hard earned money. We already knew Newell was a greedy power monger, but Randy, you surprise me. Shame on you! I thought you were going to be better than this.

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Aug-07-13 1:20 PM

The new and existing taxes wouldn't be necessary if those leading Parkersburg would simply do their jobs. They have sat back and watched thousands of folks leave over the past 30 years ... but the infrastructure that has to be maintained has grown. Add to this the 5-10 year tax breaks they hand to big businesses and it means the burden of funding will be shifted more and more onto the average citizens back.

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Aug-07-13 1:25 PM

The area has ample training and educational opportunities, the area has a workforce that wants to better itself and move up the job ladder ... but the leaders are bumbling and fumbling when it comes to putting fair and equitable programs into place to revitalize our shrinking town. There is about zero creative and inspiring ideas and proposals coming from local government. And that's largely because a few business folks will do anything to maintain their power and influence over the local economy ... even if it means driving our once thriving city into the ground.

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Aug-07-13 5:36 PM

Look at how much you get taxed just a crossed the river, both Marietta and Belpre have city income tax if you work in the city

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Aug-07-13 5:47 PM

Denver we have user fee what's the dfference we also have B&o tax.

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Aug-07-13 6:57 PM

"Fatman" Mayor Newell was trying to do away with both. Did you not read the article?

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Aug-07-13 7:14 PM

Denver why did he start user fee to begin with he a greedy money hungry mayor who doesn't care about the citizens.

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Aug-08-13 11:03 AM

so parkersburg would have a 1 percent sales tax and would not be able to reduce any fees but reduce and not end b and o tax. sounds like the people should get ready to bend over again. taxed to death

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