Bebe Heiskell calls for improving Walker County economy

Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell gives her "state of the county" speech during the Walker County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

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Catoosa County: 49.7 percentChattooga County: 76.9 percentDade County: 58.6 percentWalker County: 72.1 percentWhitfield County: 71.6 percentSource: Georgia Department of Education, October 2015

Sales tax revenue

Catoosa County: $15.5 million (Population: 65,300)Chattooga County: $2.4 million (Population: 25,100)Dade County: $4.4 million (Population: 16,500)Walker County: $8.8 million (Population: 68,200)Whitfield County: $11.2 million (Population: 102,900)Source: FY 2014 audits; U.S. Census Bureau

Bebe Heiskell believes her county needs more money - somehow.

Heiskell, the sole commissioner for Walker County, said during a speech at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the LaFayette Golf Course last week that many people in her community are too poor. To illustrate her point, Heiskell told local business owners, elected officials and municipal board members that 72.13