J.R. Sabatelli, Director of Finance
The principal focus of the Finance Department staff is to render professional and courteous service to the citizens and businesses of Morgantown. As the Finance Department is often the primary contact a resident or business taxpayer has with City personnel, the staff strives to make it a positive experience, while ensuring that all aspects of the City’s financial administration are performed in an efficient and equitable manner. The Finance Department is also an integral component of the administrative structure of the City of Morgantown, rendering services in a staff capacity to the other City administrative and operating departments.
All retail stores and restaurants, in addition to a variety of other businesses, located in the corporate limits of the City are required to have a business license. Us the link below to download a license application.
Business and Occupation Tax (B & O Tax)
The main revenue source for West Virginia cities is the business and occupation tax generated by any commercial activity locate within the City limits.
For taxpayers who wish to file for one specific job, or if you have a "by the job" status, use the form below.
By the Job Tax Return form (.xls Excel File)
Combined Amusement Tax and Business & Occupation Tax Return form (.pdf)
Amusement Tax Amnesty Packet (.pdf) – includes cover letter, blank form, four examples, and Amusement Tax code.
Fire Service Fee
The City Fire Fee was established to fund the maintenance of a paid Fire Department in the City of Morgantown. The annual fee is paid by all property owners in the City based on the square footage of buildings on the property.
The fee is .0580 cents per square foot on the total square feet of any structure. Buildings that include four or more stories are charged an additional .0366 on the square footage on floors 4 and above. Square footage includes all floors; finished attics; finished basements; garages, attached, detached, or in the basement; and out buildings.
The billing cycle is based on a fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).
If you have questions about the Fire Service Fee, call 304-284-7417.
Change of Address Form
All address changes related to Fire Fees, Business & Occupation (B&O) Taxes, Business Licenses, Rental Registration and Renewal, Municipal Court Matters, and Parking Permits can complete and return this form to the Finance Department.
Change of Address Form (.pdf)