KEYSER - After receiving good reviews from another municipality, the Keyser City Council has decided to proceed with having DataMax identify unlicensed businesses working within the city's limits.
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - After receiving good reviews from another municipality, the Keyser City Council has decided to proceed with having DataMax identify unlicensed businesses working within the city’s limits.
The council moved in December to sign a contract with DataMax, pending a positive response from some other cities that have used the company to identify businesses in need of purchasing a city license.
According to council member Terry Liller, the town of Morgantown uses the company’s services and “had nothing but positive things to say.”
Since bringing up the program during their Dec. 12 meeting, however, Keyser officials say they have met with some criticism about an outside business collecting the licensing fees and B&O taxes and wanted to clarify how the program works.
“They don’t actually collect money from people,” Liller said, explaining that DataMax does the research and identifies the companies doing business in the city without a city license or without paying B&O taxes. It is then up to the city to collect the fees and pay DataMax half for the first two years of the agreement.
“We collect it and pay them 50 percent,” he said.
“That’s their fee,” Jennifer Junkins confirmed.
It was also emphasized that the employees of DataMax do not have access to any financial information of the businesses in question.