Talkington voted for the measure, as well as the elimination of the business and occupation tax on manufacturing, which was also passed Monday.
The ordinance eliminating the B&O tax on manufacturing passed unanimously.
That measure will end up costing the city about $350,000. However, the revenue generated by the sales tax will make up for the lost funds, Jones said.
Talkington did oppose a plan to roll back the B&O on retail in the city. That measure would have reduced the city's budget by about $2.25 million annually.
But, the push to reduce the B&O on retail was dropped when city leaders discovered that the state's new home rule bill prohibited cities from raising municipal business and occupation taxes once they were reduced if they had already established a sales tax.
Jones, who made the initial proposal, was loath to tie future council members to a reduced retail B&O, he said.
Charleston is creating the city sales tax under its home rule powers.
The funds generated by the sales tax, as well as the retail B&O, could be used to pay off millions of dollars in unfunded liabilities in the police and firefighter pension plans, Jones said.
The city's unfunded liability in the plans is about $259 million, Talkington said.
The city could also use the funds to pay for other projects in the future, he said.
The B&O elimination will take effect until Jan. 1.
Council members also approved a measure establishing a $20 uniform business license fee.
Council members had previously passed a measure setting the fee at $25 but officials soon learned that was in conflict with a state law capping the fee at $20, Molgaard said.
The measure passed unanimously.
Charleston officials also approved a $1.1 million paving contract with West Virginia Paving during Monday's meeting.