The citizens of Elkins could potentially see a sales tax increase of one percent in the near future.
Elkins City Council has already had two of three readings of the proposed ordinance with mixed opinions from city businesses owners and council members.
During a public event on November 13, residents voted on what they would like to see done with the funds obtained from the increase. Some business owners have expressed their concerns over the potential annexation of businesses just outside city limits and how the tax funds will be allocated in the future.
“What I’ve heard from Council as they’ve spoken during the council meetings and during the last couple readings are concern over this tax placing a burden downtown business owners versus business owners that are nearby but still outside of city limits and won’t be subject to that same tax,” said Elkins City Clerk Jessica Sutton.
The third and final reading will take place during the Elkins Common Council regular meeting Thursday evening.