Anybody curious about Catoosa County's proposed 1 percent sales tax can lob questions at elected officials this week.
The county, in conjunction with the city councils in Ringgold and Fort Oglethorpe, announced a town hall from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday at the administrative building, located at 800 LaFayette Street in Ringgold. The commissioners and city council members plan to put a referendum on the ballot in March, asking voters whether they want to add the 1 percent burden, called the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
Revenue from the tax would be dedicated to transportation projects, though local officials have some leeway about what actually constitutes a transportation project. In addition to paving roads and re-enforcing old bridges, for example, the commissioners and city council members can use money to beautify a sidewalk or build a drain for rainwater.
If passed, Catoosa County voters would be the second set in northwest Georgia to approve the sales tax. Walker County voters approved the tax in November 2017, while Dade County voters rejected it twice in the last year.
The county and cities are working on an agreement that spells out how the three local governments will share revenue. They did the same thing on their Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, a similar 1 percent sales tax that goes toward capital projects, such as building repairs.