Dalton mayor seeking re-election

Dalton mayor seeking re-election

July 13th, 2011 by Mariann Martin in Local - Breaking News

David Pennington, the mayor of Dalton, Ga., stands inside of the City Hall facility.

Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press.

Dalton (Ga.) Mayor David Pennington has officially announced his bid for re-election this fall, saying the first four years in office were not enough to complete the projects he has begun.

Since he took office in 2008, Pennington has cut taxes, cut the city budget and increased the city's fund reserve, but he has also made controversial cuts to city departments. The city continues to struggle with high unemployment.

Pennington said today that he and city council members will continue their effort to cut property taxes, with the goal to eliminate city property taxes in four years. He hopes to negotiate a new local option sales tax agreement with the county next year, giving Dalton a more equitable share of local sales taxes.

He also wants to complete several ongoing greenway projects.

Two city council and three school board positions are also on the ballot in November.