The third time was the charm for city officials in Westover on Wednesday.
The Monongalia County Commission approved the city's annexation of the Morgantown Mall with a vote of 2-1. The split decision wasn't a surprise for many people who attended Wednesday's commission meeting.
Westover officials have been trying to annex the mall for a few years. Mall owners have stated in the past they don't approve of the annex because they would have to pay additional taxes to the city. Westover Mayor Dave Johnson has said his city would benefit from the additional revenue and the entire county would benefit as well.
Commissioners examined all the evidence, stated their case, and made a decision based on their interpretation of whether or not approving the boundary adjustment was appropriate.
County Commission President Eldon Callen said, "I opposed it. I also added that they clearly presented this as a way of raising business and occupation taxes which is in violation of the law."
County Commissioner Bill Bartolo said, "It benefits Monongalia County. To just isolate areas and say that's just going to benefit you, I think is an incorrect perception."
If mall representatives decide to appeal the decision the issue could potentially be brought up in court.