Wheeling discussing possible tax increases to fund public safety building

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The City of Wheeling is still looking at ways to fund the proposed public safety building after the levy vote failed back in November.

The levy vote for the proposed $22 million dollar public safety building did win the majority of voters with 54 percent., but it did not reach the 60 percent needed for the levy to actually pass. That didn’t stop the city to still try and find ways to make it happen.

“More than likely, if the public safety building were built would require a new tax or a tax increase,” said Chad Thalman, Wheeling’s vice mayor.

He says they’re in the very early stages of this, but they looking at different options for the funding.

“We could create what’s called a user fee tax which would apply to everyone that works in the city. We could also raise the sales tax, so we do have a few options,” said Thalman. “But our hands are tied up by the state of West Virginia as to what fees and what taxes we can create.”

For right now, these are all ideas that are being discussed and nothing has been proposed or finalized.

He also says that the city is taking any public comments about the proposed public safety building and the recent ideas. You can make those comments at any of their city council meetings. The next one is Tuesday January 15th at 5:30 PM.

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