Council took no immediate action on the tax plan. It will probably vote in late April, after an April 1 public hearing, on home rule proposal to add a sales tax, Molgaard said. If the home rule board OKs that, council could later vote on a second ordinance to implement the tax, he said.
In other business at the Finance meeting Monday, council members went over details of the proposed 2013-14 city budget of $87.3 million, up 3.7 percent from the current budget.
Jones proposed a few changes in funding to outside organizations, including:
* An extra $25,000 for the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, raising the amount to $125,000. Jones cut the health department funding in half several years ago in a dispute with leadership.
* A $10,000 donation from Jones' economic development fund for the state Municipal League's annual meeting in August, in Charleston.
* $15,000 in continued funding for Multifest, after new board members there reassured Jones and others that financial problems were over.
Finally, Jones said members of the House of Delegates were ready to pass a number of gun bills that would affect the city, including one that would overturn restrictions on gun sales.
"I don't know what's going to happen in the Senate, but it's pretty close," he said.
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