Preliminary agreement in place for North Georgia transportation sales tax

Ringgold City Council meets for a special called meeting with one agenda item: "Legislative Agenda 106." From left, Councilman Randall Franks, Councilman Larry Black, Councilwoman Sara Clark and Mayor Nick Millwood discuss changes to the city charter.

The managers of the Catoosa County, Ringgold and Fort Oglethorpe local governments believe they have hammered out a deal to split sales tax revenue for transportation projects.

County Manager Alicia Vaughn said during a town hall meeting about the potential new tax Thursday night that the county would take in about 70 percent of the revenue. Fort Oglethorpe, meanwhile, would get about 20 percent, while Ringgold would take the other 10 percent.

The two city councils will vote on an intergovernmental agreement at their Dec. 10 meetings. The county commissioners would then vote on it Dec. 17. Before the tax can take effect, residents have to approve the plan on a referendum, which will take place March 19.

"It's not official," Vaughn said of the agreement between the governments, "but that's what we've proposed."