Chemical Spill Boosts Neighboring Town's Revenue

St. Albans got a tax revenue boost from the January chemical spill as thousands of people came to the city to buy groceries and eat in restaurants.

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (AP) — St. Albans got a tax revenue boost from the January chemical spill as thousands of people came to the city to buy groceries and eat in restaurants.

St. Albans wasn't affected by a water ban imposed after the Jan. 9 spill in Charleston.

The Charleston Daily Mail (http://bit.ly/1pGrqFo ) reports that St. Albans's business and occupation tax revenue increased by $30,000 in the third quarter of 2014, compared to the same January-to-March period in 2013.

Mayor Dick Callaway says the increase is at least partially due to the spill.

The city also sold water to commercial entities at a cost of 1 cent per gallon, and provided free water to residents from other areas.

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