Catoosa weathers more than one storm

Catoosa County's unusual weather events, a January snowstorm and a tornado in April, coupled with a lingering recession have placed unusual stresses on local government during 2011.

Even so, the county weathered the storms - physical and financial - that occurred during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, according to County Commission Chairman Keith Greene.

"We're in good shape, financially, compared to other counties," Greene said after his recent state-of-the-county address to the local Chamber of Commerce. "Revenue has been about 8 percent above last year."

The county operated with a $21 million general fund and relied on about $11.2 million in SPLOST (special purpose local option sales tax) revenue for its capital projects.

No workers were furloughed, no major projects were scrapped and officials were not forced to rely on reserves (the equivalent of savings) to meet costs associated with cleanup following the tornado.