Dalton (Ga.) Mayor David Pennington has officially announced his bid for re-election this fall, saying the first four years in office were not enough to complete the projects he has begun.
Since he took office in 2008, Pennington has cut taxes, cut the city budget and increased the city’s fund reserve, but he has also made controversial cuts to city departments. The city continues to struggle with high unemployment.
Pennington said today that he and city council members will continue their effort to cut property taxes, with the goal to eliminate city property taxes in four years. He hopes to negotiate a new local option sales tax agreement with the county next year, giving Dalton a more equitable share of local sales taxes.
He also wants to complete several ongoing greenway projects.
Two city council and three school board positions are also on the ballot in November.
Mariann Martin covers healthcare in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. She joined the Times Free Press in February 2011, after covering crime and courts for the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun for two years. Mariann was born in Indiana, but grew up in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Belize. She graduated from Union University in 2005 with degrees in English and history and has master’s degrees in international relations and history from the University of Toronto. While attending Union, ...