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SC mayor, Jay's office, Postal Service to tackle sales tax mixup

By Marta Ree Tankersley

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens will meet with representatives from Sen. Jay Rockefeller's office and the U.S. Postal Service next week to discuss the recent sales tax mixup.

Some South Charleston businesses had been incorrectly applying a 0.5 percent sales tax to purchases since Charleston's sales tax increase went into effect Oct. 1.

"The post office will present options they think will be the solution to the problem," Mullens said.

What began as an identity issue -- with incoming mail listing South Charleston residents as living in Charleston -- has been corrected, according to Mullens. 

The meeting on Jan. 10 will address issues South Charleston residents and businesses experienced during the mix-up.

"It was discovered quickly after the tax went into effect and they are trying to get refunds to the customers," Mullens said.

Employees from 7-Eleven stores in South Charleston have requested refunds after Charleston's user fee was mistakenly deducted from their paychecks, according to Mullens.

"We found out that other unincorporated areas like Sissonville and Cross Lanes also had some tax issues because of the post office zip codes," Mullens said.

The issue of West Virginia American Water levying a municipal tax for Charleston, instead of South Charleston, has also been corrected, he said.

In other business, City Manager Carlton Lee reported that an urban renewal project in the Tremont Street-Highland Avenue area is nearing completion.

The Economic Development Authority purchased and demolished two apartment buildings and four houses. When the project is finished, four new houses, ranging from 1,800 to 2,800 square feet, will be available to sell. 

"It's a break-even deal. We just want to make back what we spent," Lee said.

Also at the meeting, City Attorney Michael Moore told council members that around 13 deer were killed during South Charleston's urban deer hunting season, which ended Dec. 31.

"Final numbers will be in on January 15," Moore said.









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