Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield, Hamilton backer discuss proposed city

WHAT'S NEXTThe Friends of Hamilton hope to have two town hall meetings for residents of the proposed city of Hamilton -- one on the north end of the proposed town and one on the south end. The target date for the first meeting is Feb. 28.

Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield said Wednesday he thinks a group wanting to start a new town in Hamilton County is underestimating the costs.

"I think it's going to be far more than they expected," Littlefield said.

But the group's president maintains residents can have a town with low taxes and good services at a lower cost than if they were annexed into Chattanooga.

"We have a lot of questions directly related to what we can get from Chattanooga," said Chris Matthews, president of the Friends of Hamilton, which is proposing a town called Hamilton in the northeast portion of the county.