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Wheeling mayor to deliver state of the city address

Updated: Monday, February 24 2014, 09:54 PM EST

By:Crissy Clutter


Wheeling’s state of the city address is scheduled for Tuesday at noon in the ballroom at the Capitol Theatre.

Mayor Andy McKenzie says he will address a number of issues, including a proposed lottery bill by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

McKenzie says the city would take an annual loss of about $250,000 if the bill passes.

“The problem I am having is that all this bill would do is shift the burden of the state government to the local government,” said McKenzie.

McKenzie said $200,000 to $250,000 would pay for about eight employees to work in the city a year.

“It could also patch the potholes in our roads— it’s money we need,” said McKenzie.

He says the city’s gambling revenue has already taken a hit because of competition from neighboring casinos.

Other issues to be addressed are a proposed gun law by the state, housing for young professionals, business growth and the creation of additional historic districts in the city.

More than 100 tickets have been reserved for the event, but it is open to the public. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. There is no charge to hear the address, but lunch is $10.

Wheeling mayor to deliver state of the city address

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