CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Tom Miller was surprised Saturday when he ordered a pizza from the Pizza Hut in Sissonville and was charged the Charleston sales tax.
Miller, a member of the Greater Sissonville Development Council, said the store manager told him he had been told to charge the half-cent sales tax, which raised the price of Miller's pizza from $10.60 to $10.65.
"This store is seven or eight miles from the city limits," Miller said.
"It's only a nickel, but [Charleston] could be collecting a lot of money from outside the city," he said. "People who live and work in the unincorporated areas should not be assessed these fees. It's taxation without representation."
Charleston's 0.5 percent city sales tax -- one penny for every $2 spent -- went into effect Oct. 1.
Members of Charleston City Council voted in March to charge the sales tax in addition to the 6 percent state sales tax on all purchases made within city limits. Money raised from the tax is earmarked for upgrades to the Charleston Civic Center.
But Charleston City Manager David Molgaard and Finance Director Joe Estep said there have been a few problems with businesses outside of city limits incorrectly assessing the tax.
"I've maybe gotten half a dozen calls at the most" about businesses incorrectly assessing the sales tax, Estep said. He said a similar problem arose at Harbor Freight in Cross Lanes, where customers were incorrectly charged the half-cent tax.