Wheeling, West Virginia

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Wheeling is a city in the state of West Virginia.

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of West Virginia city websites


This website was most recently evaluated on 27 May 2012

The good

  • Budget
    • The budget for this year is posted.[1]
  • Meetings
  • Council meeting dates and agendas are available[2]
  • Elected Officials
    • City council names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses are available on the website.[2]
  • Administrative Officials
    • The names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses are available for the City Manager and his senior staff.
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Building Applications and Zoning information are available online.[3]
  • Public Records
    • Information for the city clerk, the official for public records in the city, is available.[4]
  • Local Taxes
    • There is information on the Business and Occupation Tax rates for the city.[5]


The bad

  • Audits
    • No information on audits is available
  • Contracts
    • No bids or contracts over $10,000 are posted.
  • Lobbying
    • There is no list of employed lobbyists
    • A list of memberships to associations that lobby on behalf of government entities is not available online
    • No organization membership fees are available
  • Public Records
    • There is no public records policy available

Introduction

Wheeling is a city in Ohio and Marshall counties in the U.S. state of West Virginia. It is the county seat of Ohio County. Wheeling is the principal city of the Wheeling Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 28,486.

Elected Officials

See also: West Virginia state employee salary

See also: West Virginia public pensions


Wheeling operates under the council/manager organizational structure. The elected mayor presides over meetings of the Wheeling City Council, which has six members elected from geographic wards. The 2012 council members are:

2012 Wheeling, WV Council Members[2]
First name Last Name Ward
Gloria Delbrugge 1
Vernon Seals 2
Robert Henry 3
James Tiu 4
Don Atkinson 5
Eugene Fahey 6

City Council members serve four-year terms. The City Council also confirms executive nominations for members to various boards which have limited regulatory authority including the Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals, and the Traffic Commission. The City Manager serves as Chief Executive and Administrative officer for the city. The current Mayor of Wheeling is Andy McKenzie, and the current City Manager of Wheeling is Robert Herron.

City elections were held on May 13, 2008, and the current term began on July 1, 2008. City elections will be held again in 2012.

Administrative officials

The City Manager's office is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the city. The position is the chief administrator and is appointed by the council.

The current city manager and his senior staff are as follows:

Chief Administrative Staff, 2012
First name Last Name Position
Robert Herron City Manager
Judy Beabout Secretary to the City Manager
Allison O'Konski Marketing and Community Relations

Spending

Below is a general summary of the spending undertaken by the government of Wheeling, West Virginia. The largest expenditures are those spent through the police and fire departments.

2011-12 Expenditure Summary for Wheeling, West Virginia[6]
Category 09-10 Actual 10-11 Actual 11-12 Budget 12-13 Requeted Budget
Fire Department $7,224,643.00 $7,736,123.00 $7,852,958.00 $7,723,244.00
Police Department $6,561,989.00 $6,880,501.00 $7,024,773.00 $7,021,670.00
Streets and Highways $4,256,635.00 $4,270,492.00 $4,189,333.00 $3,920,005.00
Finance Office $1,226,601.00 $1,626,391.00 $1,462,200.00 $1,354,665.00
Garbage Department $1,206,856.00 $1,357,330.00 $1,322,074.00 $1,356,228.00
Contribution/Transfers $154,873.00 $1,222,492.00 $1,010,000.00 $1,014,405.00
Communications/Dispatch $644,369.00 $663,119.00 $749,508.00 $774,236.00
Total Economic Development $397,967.00 $407,493.00 $603,319.00 $642,386.00
City Manager's Office $349,879.00 $347,350.00 $349,462.00 $328,432.00
Personnel Office $255,047.00 $185,512.00 $288,387.00 $286,274.00

Taxes

The following is a summary of the largest sources of revenue for Wheeling, West Virginia. Taxes and penalties are the greatest source of revenue for the city.

2011-12 Wheeling, WV Budget (Abridged)[6]
Category 09-10 Actual 10-11 Actual 11-12 Budget 12-13 Requeted Budget
Total Property Tax $2,994,186.00 $2,960,601.00 $3,002,507.00 $3,014,000.00
Total Park Levy $379,769.00 $373,951.00 $404,829.00 $406,000.00
Total Penalties $23,242.00 $22,857.00 $22,000.00 $22,000.00
Total Utility Tax $1,290,080.00 $1,247,194.00 $1,280,000.00 $1,245,000.00
Total Other Taxes $11,668,241.00 $11,732,695.00 $11,897,773.00 $12,338,000.00
Total Other Revenue $94,615.00 $82,839.00 $90,000.00 $90,000.00
Total Fees $3,305,045.00 $3,481,618.00 $3,698,000.00 $3,862,000.00
Total Misc Revenue $4,925,399.00 $5,145,018.00 $4,781,345.00 $4,591,600.00

External links

References

  1. Wheeling, West Virginia -- Budget
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 [http://www.wheelingwv.gov/citygovernment.php?id=70 Wheeling, West Virginia -- City Council (Meeting information is on the left bar)
  3. [http://www.wheelingwv.gov/forresidents.php?id=181 Wheeling, West Virginia -- Zoning Forms and Applications
  4. Wheeling, West Virginia -- City Clerk
  5. Wheeling, West Virginia -- Business & Occupation Tax: Schedule Table and Rates
  6. 6.0 6.1 Wheeling, West Virginia Budget (PDF)