WEIRTON - Less than a week after Americans were required to file their taxes, a local man is taking issue with one tax he said is preventing his and other businesses from growing.
Nick Fuscardo, owner of Fuscardo's Barber Shop at 1900 Pennsylvania Ave. in Weirton, is circulating a petition asking the Hancock County Commission to eliminate a tax he says requires businesses to pay 2.5 percent on "tangible items that are titled," and used for a business.
"I think it's just a new name for a B&O tax," Fuscardo said, explaining he has had to pay the tax on everything from waiting furniture to clippers. "It can be charged or exempted at the discretion of the board of commissioners."
Fuscardo says he has been looking into the issue since October, speaking with representatives of the Hancock County Assessor's Office, as well as officials on the state level, even requesting assistance from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office.
The petition at his barber shop had more than 200 signatures on Friday, and he said other copies are being taken through the community.
"I'm trying to gather as many signatures as possible," he said, noting when he feels he has enough he will request to speak to the Hancock County Commission.
Commissioners have said they will not comment on the matter just yet.
Fuscardo said any Hancock County resident wishing to sign the petition may do so by stopping at the barber shop, or by sending him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. He said he will include every email with the completed petition when he presents it to commissioners.
"I won't give up," Fuscardo said. "How can you afford to provide jobs if you can't afford to stay open."
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