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Charleston Mayor Proposes Hike In Some City Fees

Reported by: Send eMail Kera Mashek
Reported: Jul. 7, 2014 10:30 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 8, 2014 9:25 AM EDT
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones is calling on city council to raise fees.

At Monday's city council meeting, Jones proposed doubling the city's fire service fee. It's currently $1.25 for every 1,000 square feet of property someone owns. The mayor would like to see it go to $2.50. He is also proposing a small increase in the city's refuse fee, moving it from $18 a month up to $20. The increases would be just one small piece of the ongoing 35-year plan to pay for a quarter-billion dollar shortfall in the city's mandated pension fund.

"This plan was created by the state Legislature. They passed a bill in 1991 to put us in pension systems we couldn't possible pay for and their own study said so, but remember it's not their pension they're doing, it's ours, so that's the problem we're having," Jones said.

Jones is calling on city council members to consider his proposed fee hikes, while also bringing their own ideas to the table. The mayor plans to put a formal proposal up for a vote as early as the next city council meeting.



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