Possibly the most important question is will Chattooga Countians contine a one percent tax that will aid both the Trion and Chattooga School systems. Both schools say they need the money. Trion wants it to build a larger multi-purpose building to house the band, wresting and cheerleading programs as well as a new basketball court. Cahttooga plans to repleace its 46 year old high school.
The Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, if approved by voters, will extend the current one percent tax to most retail purposes. Trion voters will decide whether or not to allow companies like Mount Vernon Mills a teax break. it’s called the freeport exemption. The mill stands to get a 297 thousand dollar tax break if approved. However, according to Trion’s mayor it’s not about giving one company a tax break but attracting new industry to the county. Keep in mind that town officials will either have to cut spending or raise taxes to make up the difference if the freeport exemption is passed.
City of Summerville voters will have the opportunity to alter the town’s political structure by keeping or tossing out its incumbents. Four out of the five council slots are up for grabs. Retired educator and incumbent Lloyd D. Buddy Windle III faces Certified Public Accountaint Robert O. McWhorter. Aubry Dale Housch of Bittings Avenue, is running for seat 3 with no opposition. Housch is a retired post master.
Political newcomers Joe Money Jr. and Richard Lindsay are vying for Seat 4. Lindsey is the former superintendent of the Trion City Schools. Money is a supervisor at Mohawk Industries.
Incumbent Zachary D. Martin faces retired educator John Turner for seat 5. Martin is a bus driver and special needs parapro for the Chattooga Board of Education and is a self-employed barber. Turner is a retired teacher from Chattooga High School.