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Beckley mayor comments on city financial woes

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BECKLEY (WVVA) -- Beckley Mayor Bill O'Brien says he's in the honeymoon stage of his new position.  He was sworn in as mayor January 3.

Meanwhile though, the city is facing some financial hardships.  The current budget is $17.2 million.

The mayor says they need to improve B&O taxes because that's the main source of revenue for the city.  Plus, "we need to look at expenses to make sure that the citizens are getting a big bang for their buck," says O'Brien. "That's what we're doing."

This past Tuesday was O'Brien's first city council meeting open to the public.

Popular topics were the city's parking price hike and the police chief's salary raise.

The next open meeting is January 28 at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall.

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