SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens told the City Council Thursday that the more the city investigates the tax implications of the U.S. Postal Service incorrectly listing some city addresses as Charleston, the more problems they uncover.
"It's gotten worse," Mullens said.
Charleston's $2 user fee assessed from everyone who works within the city limits is being mistakenly charged to employees of the five 7-Eleven convenience stores located in the city and Sherwin Williams, according to city documents.
Mullens urges everyone who works in the city to check their pay stubs to be certain they are not paying the Charleston user fee.
"If you are paying taxes and fees in error, you deserve a refund," Mullens said.
Consumers and employees are urged to contact city hall to report problems, he said.
"Call the mayor's office," Mullens said. "We will try to help you get your money back."
Most businesses that incorrectly charged the 0.5 percent Charleston sales tax to consumers have corrected the problem, Mullens said, but the confusion has made it a difficult fix.