published Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Catoosa County commissioners approve millage increase

Less than 24 hours after the Catoosa County Schools board voted to raise taxes, the County Commission voted for its own tax increase.

In a special called meeting this morning, commissioners voted 3-1 to increase the county-levied tax rate by .9 mills. That increase means Catoosa taxpayers will be stuck with a combined millage increase of 2.85 mills for the coming year, which translates to around $135 in additional annual taxes for the owner of a home assessed at $100,000.

“The federal government has operated for many years on a deficit budget, and we just can’t operate the county that way,” Commissioner Jim Cutler said of the county’s budget that has been running on a deficit since 2010. “It’s not being fiscally responsible. We decided to trim the budget as much as we can and pull the county away from a deficit spending mentality.”

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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