In other business, city council voted to form a committee to study a portion of Senate Bill 435, which allows 20 cities to participate in the next chapter of Home Rule.
Councilman John Montgomery explained that it allows for cities to do certain things that it normally would not be permitted to do, such as drafting ordinances and imposing a one percent sales tax to fund city projects.
If Nitro were to impose the sales tax, however, home rule requires the city to reduce or repeal the B&O tax.
The bill does not specify how much the tax must be reduced. However, it does state that if the city decides to reduce the B&O tax it can never again increased in the area that it was reduced without repealing the sales tax.
The committee, which is comprised of Mayor Casebolt, Councilwoman Laurie Elkins, John Montgomery, and Andy Shamblin, will study the bill and make a recommendation to the city as to whether or not to reduce the B&O tax.
City council also:
* Passed a motion for the emergency purchase of a replacement engine for a garbage truck from Blake's Remanufacturing for $9,800.
* Accepted a bid from Shiffler, an equipment company, in the amount of $3,936.69 to replace bathroom doors at all city parks.
n Passed a resolution authorizing the city to take part in a electronic commerce program, which will be implemented under the bill pay option on the city's new website.