But legislators added: " . . . if a municipality subsequently reinstates or raises the municipal business and occupation tax . . . it shall eliminate the municipal sales tax enacted under the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program."
There you have it — highly regulated deregulation.
City leaders are baffled.
"As I read it, you can't increase your B&O tax once you've decreased it," City Manager David Molgaard told the Gazette.
"That's not the flexibility we're seeking."
Were the city to comply with what is likely to become state law, future city administrations could not adjust taxes they could adjust before. Furthermore, B&O tax policy isn't even governed by the hilariously named "home rule" bill.
Except it would be if Gov. Tomblin signed the bill.
"Throw away your crutches and walk," said the state to the cities. "Or else we'll break all your other sticks."
Or something like that.