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Huntington council repeals tax challenged in court

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- A Huntington tax that's facing a court challenge has been repealed.

News outlets reported that the City Council voted unanimously Monday to repeal the 1 percent occupation tax.

The council approved the tax in 2011 to replace the city's user fee. It was part of a tax reform package stemming from Huntington's participation in the state's home rule experiment, which gives more power to municipalities.

A lawsuit challenging the tax's legality is pending in Kanawha Circuit Court. Plaintiffs include Steel of West Virginia and Cabell County Commissioner Bob Bailey.

An injunction issued in the case blocked the tax from going into effect.


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