Show support for the business community

When Weirton Council convenes tonight at the Millsop Community Center, members will be asked to vote on an ordinance providing businesses operating in the city with a one-time 10 percent credit on what they owe for Weirton’s Business and Occupation Tax for the third and fourth quarters of the current fiscal year.

We are glad to see this ordinance on tonight’s agenda, and would encourage council to pass it.

We also encourage city officials to not limit themselves to only this offering to the city’s business community. As we all know, COVID has hit out state and our region hard. Businesses were forced to close for a time. Some were unable to reopen. More families have found themselves in need of assistance than at any point in at least the last 40 years.

The City of Weirton has received approximately $6 million in funding from West Virginia’s allotment of federal CARES Act funds. Right now, outside of a few minor purchases, approximately $500,000 has been set aside to assist with a needed project at the Millsop Community Center and the remainder has been placed into Rainy Day and Contingency funds in the city’s budget.

Officials have discussed what to do with those funds, including purchasing vehicles and equipment, maintenance to the Municipal Building and other projects.

We understand the city’s desire, and, in some cases, need, to upgrade its facilities and equipment. Those steps ensure the city is able to continue providing a variety of services to residents in the future.

At the same time, the CARES Act was designed as a way to provide relief to the people as a result of the losses this nation has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If at all possible, following tonight’s approval of the B&O credit ordinance, we encourage city officials to consider what other ways they might be able to show support for the people of Weirton.


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