Property tax increases planned for Catoosa County's new budget

Staff photo / The Catoosa County Court House is photographed Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in Ringgold, Georgia.

Pointing to "significant" inflationary increases in the cost of "materials, services and labor," the Catoosa County Board of Commissioners has announced a budget that includes increased property taxes.

As part of that budget's adoption process, three public meetings will be held at the Catoosa County Administrative Building, 800 Lafayette St. in Ringgold, according to a media release from the county. The meetings will be at 9 a.m and 6 p.m. Thursday and at 6 p.m. Aug. 19.

"After six years of holding the line on property taxes, we are left with the difficult choice to raise property taxes this year in the face of increased needs and costs for public safety and county services," Larry Black, chairman of the Board of Commissioners, said in the release.

"We have carefully reviewed each department in search of efficiencies, but in order to maintain our essential services and remain competitive in the workforce, we have to make an adjustment," Black said.