After a successful trial run in four cities, the state decides to expand home rule and Parkersburg wants to take part.
Mayor Bob Newell says the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Program is a good thing and when the deadline for applications rolls around in January 2014, the city will definitely submit one.
“Home rule just allows cities to deviate a little bit from the restraints of state laws because in the state of West Virginia we don't have home rule,” Newell says. “Everything cities do basically is based on what the legislature tells us we have to.”
With home rule, the mayor says the city hopes to reduce business and occupation tax through a one percent sales tax.