The Times West Virginian

July 9, 2013

Official: Sales tax belongs to White Hall

Mayor says misdirection of funds has cost town $1 million in past decade

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

WHITE HALL — After just a week in office, White Hall’s new mayor is seeking to fix a problem he claims has existed for the past decade.

During Monday’s council meeting, newly elected mayor Guy Ward told council that he began investigating some issues when he took office July 1.

One of the things he said he found dealt with an ordinance from 2003 that allowed the town to collect an alcohol beverage tax through the operation of alcohol beverage sales establishments.

He said the ordinance allows the town to collect the taxes generated by the sale of alcoholic beverages within the town. The ordinance also allows the town to license businesses that sell alcoholic beverages, as well as entitles the town to the sales taxes that are included in the sale price of those beverages.

Ward said the Town of White Hall had missed out on an estimated $1 million because some establishments that are selling those beverages have a Fairmont address but are located within White Hall’s boundaries.

“Every quarter, the state divvies that (tax) up and sends it back to the different municipalities where that establishment is located,” Ward told council. “We’re losing about $100,000 a year, and since 2003 we’ve lost about $1 million.”


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