W.Va. Municipal League visits Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center and pushes support for home rule

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The West Virginia Municipal League toured the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center on Tuesday in efforts to show support of the state’s home rule program. 

Huntington’s mayor, Steve Williams, met with Clarksburg Mayor Cathy Goings and City Manager Martin Howe to see the newly renovated Robinson Grand and to push continued support of the state’s home rule program. The home rule program will be up for discussion in this year’s legislative session. 

City officials say the Robinson Grand project would not have been possible had it been for the home rule program. 

“The West Virginia Home Rule Program really brought this great project, the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center, to fruition by allowing the city to implement a 1% sales and use tax to which a portion of that tax is used for the debt service on this great project,” said Martin Howe, city manager. 

Howe said the home rule program allows cities to address certain issues on a local level that the state can not address.

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