WEIRTON - A city businessman is holding a public meeting this week to discuss what he believes is unfair taxation on West Virginia businesses.
Nick Fuscardo, owner of Fuscardo's Barber Shop, has spent the last several months circulating a petition in the hope of having a tax, which he says charges businesses on the tools of their trade, eliminated.
"I just feel it's an unfair tax," Fuscardo said.
The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Victorian Hall, 1801 Pennsylvania Ave.
Fuscardo, on Saturday, explained public officials, including members of City Council, the Hancock County Commission, members of the state Legislature and other local officials, have been invited to attend.
"I sent out invitations to everyone," Fuscardo said.
He noted state Sen. Jack Yost, D-Wellsburg, and a representative of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., are expected to be in attendance.
He explained he has been speaking with Yost about the issue for some time.
"I talked to him before I started this fight," Fuscardo said, adding he has been told Yost intends to take the issue to Charleston for discussion by the Legislature.
To date, a little more than 700 people have signed the petition.
"It's been a long, hard fight," he said. "The public response has been tremendous."
Fuscardo said the public meeting will include a few comments from him pertaining to the issue, and then he will open it up to allow for questions.