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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A weekly user fee paid by people who work in Charleston has gone up to $3.

Charleston finance director Joe Estep tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail the user fee that increased from $2.50 on Monday will bring in an additional $1.3 million this year.

Estep says the fee will generate a total of about $7.8 million in 2018 and will enable the city to hire 10 new police officers starting in late April.

In September the Charleston City Council approved increasing the user fee two years ahead of schedule. Mayor Danny Jones had said the move, including hiring more police officers, was is needed to combat an increase in crime by homeless people.

Among other West Virginia cities that have user fees are Huntington, Morgantown, Parkersburg and Weirton.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail,