Thursday, February 28, 2013
Ringgold City Council unanimously approved the intergovernmental agreement for the upcoming 2014 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax at its most recent meeting. Now it is up to voters to decide whether the 1-cent tax is enacted to help pay for specific infrastructure projects.
The county’s population will vote on the matter March 19.
“The mayor and Council understands that the SPLOST tax is 1 cent on every dollar purchased in Catoosa County,” said Ringgold City Manager Dan Wright.
“More importantly, the Council knows that everyone that passes through Catoosa County and purchases fuel, food or hotel rooms pays the 1 cent. It is estimated that a very large portion of the SPLOST is paid for by others from outside the county. Catoosa County has four exits on I-75 and travelers pull off and make purchases and help offset our taxes.”
Wright said SPLOST helps keep property taxes as low as possible in the city. SPLOST pays for needed projects that the city would have to double the millage rate to complete without the earmarked tax dollars, he said.
“The city of Ringgold will use the projected $2,500,000 [SPLOST dollars] for capital projects such as sewers, street, sidewalks, stormwater, water, recreation, GIS, downtown enhancements and land acquisition,” said Wright. “The city is currently working on sidewalks on Williams Street, Shady Place and High Street.”
Plans to install a sidewalk along Nashville Street/Highway 41 from Guyler Street to the CVS is awaiting the installation of a 12-inch water main to be installed, he said. Public Works crews will start the water line installation this month.
“The underpass pedestrian bridge is in the permitting process currently and 2009 SPLOST funds will be used to fund the bridge,” Wright added. “The downtown enhancement project is planned to be let [for bid] in August 2013. ... [It] is a $600,000 project that the city received a $250,000 Transportation Enhancement Grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation [for] and the remaining funds will come from 2009 SPLOST.”