The use of "Charleston" in addresses that are actually in South Charleston has become a serious problem, South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens said.
During a busy meeting Thursday, South Charleston City Council also heard some details about Speedway's plan to replace its convenience store and gasoline station on MacCorkle Avenue.
Mullens said the incorrect addressing of mail bound for South Charleston has become a tax issue. He said Target and some other South Charleston businesses have been charging the City of Charleston's half-percent sales tax, which recently went into effect there.
When it comes to West Virginia American Water bills that incorrectly carry a Charleston address, "The question is where is the utility tax money going?" Mullens said. "We don't know. We want them to track it all the way."
Mullens said Lowe's and Dollar Tree were mistakenly collecting Charleston's sales tax but have quit.
"I think it's a problem with Postal Service software code," he said. "The answer I get from the Postal Service is unacceptable. We're working on it and will do our best to get it resolved."
As for Speedway's planned new facility, council moved to clear the way by giving preliminary approval to a land-swap deal.