January Spill Boosts St. Albans' Tax Revenue
St. Albans got a tax revenue boost from the January chemical spill as thousands of people came to the city to buy groceries and eat in restaurants.
St. Albans wasn't affected by a water ban imposed after the Jan. 9 spill in Charleston.
The Charleston Daily Mail reports that St. Albans's business and occupation tax revenue increased by $30,000 in the third quarter of 2014, compared to the same January-to-March period in 2013.
Mayor Dick Callaway says the increase is at least partially due to the spill.
The city also sold water to commercial entities at a cost of 1 cent per gallon, and provided free water to residents from other areas.