MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg City Council Thursday received no input from the public during initial readings of a proposal to increase the business and occupation tax (B&O) to businesses operating within the city.
No discussion or public comments were made at the meeting where the council gave the first and second readings of the proposed changes.
A public hearing and the third and final reading is necessary before the ordinance change goes into effect. That is scheduled for the next council meeting on Thursday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m., said Councilman Gregg Wachtel.
Wachtel said the B&O tax increase is the maximum allowed by the state. He said the B&O tax has not been increased in five or six years.