Free choice will guide 'town of Hamilton' referendum

Both Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield and supporters of a proposed "town of Hamilton" raise valid points about the proposal.

The new town, if approved, would take in the areas of Birchwood, Georgetown, Harrison and Ooltewah. The impetus behind creating the town is concern about high taxes if Chattanooga should ever annex the area - and the belief that a town of Hamilton could provide good services and reasonable tax rates.

Chattanooga has "no plans for expanding that far north," Littlefield said during a meeting of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce's Ooltewah-Collegedale Council. And he questioned whether the proposed town could keep down costs as much as its supporters are hoping.

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

He could be right. Putting together a town cannot possibly be a simple - or cheap - task.