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Martinsburg to Hold Public Hearing on Home Rule

Cecelia Mason
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Martinsburg officials plan to gather input from residents and property owners on the city's home rule application.
A public hearing is set for tomorrow night as part of a special City Council meeting.

The city's application includes adopting a 1 percent sales tax that would raise an estimated $2.4 million in revenue. Business and occupation taxes would be reduced and a tariff on amusement businesses would be eliminated.
West Virginia's Municipal Home Rule program shifts power from the state to the local level and gives municipalities a larger say in how they govern. It began as a five-year pilot program in four cities.
Last year, the Legislature expanded the program to allow a total 20 municipalities to participate. 

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