A group today announced its plan to incorporate the Ooltewah area after Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield last week asked to expand the city’s planned growth boundaries.
The City of Hamilton would be its name, and its boundaries would include suburban areas within Ooltewah, Georgetown and Birchwood.
“In the face of uninvited encroachment from Chattanooga, Ooltewah area residents have a decision to make,” the group wrote in a news release. “Will they sit back and be shut out of the decision-making process while Chattanooga’s mayor and city council annexes their property, driving up property tax rates nearly 90 percent and adding on other city taxes and service fees without seeing any appreciable differences or improvements in government services?”
The group, friendsofhamilton.org, is organizing a petition drive to incorporate and has set a target of getting on the November 2012 ballot.
“We want to give citizens of Ooltewah a voice in their future,” Chris Matthews, group president, said. “Mayor Littlefield won’t.”
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Ansley Haman covers Hamilton County government. A native of Spring City, Tenn., she grew up reading the Chattanooga Times and Chattanooga Free Press, which sparked her passion for journalism. Ansley's happy to be home after a decade of adventures in more than 20 countries and 40 states. She gathered stories while living, working and studying in Swansea, Wales, Cape Town, South Africa, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Ga., and Knoxville, Tenn. Along the way, she interned for ...
Cliff has worked for the Times Free Press for five years and covers Chattanooga city government. He previously covered Rhea County, as well as transportation and growth and development in Southeast Tennessee. A native of Maryville, Tenn., Cliff graduated in 2003 from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis on journalism. Before coming to Chattanooga, he was a crime reporter with Hernando Today, a supplement of The Tampa (Fla.) ...