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The mayors of Chattanooga and Hamilton County and the chairmen of Chattanooga City Council and Hamilton County Commission will discuss the city-county sales tax agreement during a roundtable discussion on timesfreepress.com and WRCBtv.com.

The program will stream live on both websites from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday without editing or commercial interruption.

Viewers unable to watch the webcast forum live will be able to see excerpts on-demand after the program ends.

The 45-year-old sales tax agreement between Hamilton County, Chattanooga and the other municipalities expires in May, the newspaper and WRCB have reported. The agreement sends about $10 million to $11 million to the county that officials use to fund some agencies, such as the health department. When the agreement expires, that money no longer will be available to the county.

County Mayor Jim Coppinger has pledged to not raise taxes but says some services will likely be cut to make up for the deficit. Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield says some jointly funded services will still be funded in whole or in part.

Times Free Press reporter Chris Carroll and Channel 3 Eyewitness News anchor Greg Glover will moderate the discussion.

Panel participants include Coppinger, Littlefield, City Council Chairman Manny Rico and Commission Chairman Larry Henry.

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