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Parkersburg City Council set to receive budget Tuesday

B&O exemption for construction on agenda

PARKERSBURG — City Council will receive Mayor Tom Joyce’s proposed 2021-22 budget and consider an ordinance granting a B&O tax exemption for construction in newly annexed areas and for residential construction anywhere in Parkersburg.

Joyce said the spending plan reflects areas of emphasis mentioned by council during a January workshop on priorities for the coming year and term.

“There’s certainly adequate funding for continued demolition of problem properties,” along with street rehabilitation, he said.

At the conclusion of Tuesday’s meeting, council will resolve into the Committee of the Whole for budget hearings set to begin on Monday, March 8, with council Vice President Sharon Kuhl presiding.

An ordinance on first reading would offer a five-year business and occupation tax exemption for new construction or renovations within areas annexed into the city, as well as for new construction of residential property anywhere within the city. Joyce said it’s a way to encourage new construction, bringing new property into the city and adding to the housing stock without affecting existing revenue.

“I still think it’s opportunity cost because it’s not cutting any rate,” he said.

The credit for residential property is capped at the first $200,000 for each structure.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda are:

* Joyce’s appointment of former Councilman Dave McCrady to the Municipal Planning Commission.

* A resolution appointing attorney George Chandler as an administrative law judge, taking the place of Blaine Myers, who became city attorney in January.

* A resolution endorsing Downtown PKB’s efforts to create a historic district in the downtown area.

* A resolution authorizing temporary vending of beer and/or wine downtown for the Point Park Concert Series, a yet-to-be-named Downtown PKB event in September and Artoberfest in October.

* The final reading of an ordinance authorizing the donation of a greenhouse behind the Point Park Marketplace to the Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg.

* The final reading of an ordinance vacating the southerly end of Foxhill Drive to connect Johnson T. Janes Park with donated parcels of land.

* The final reading of an ordinance changing the rules of the Municipal Planning Commission to specifically say members can participate in meetings electronically.

Council will also meet as the Urban Renewal Authority after the regular meeting ends Tuesday. The agenda includes resolutions to acquire two properties — 1109 Rayon Drive and 1302 Ramsey St. — via eminent domain for the purpose of curing slum and blight, an application to purchase the recently demolished lot at 1046 Market St. and applications by property owners to donate 640 E. Eighth St. and 1333 Lynn St. to the authority.

Evan Bevins can be reached at ebevins@newsandsentinel.com.

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