Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters campaigned last year on a promise to begin to implement Freeport Tax Exemption in Chattooga County.  Freeport is the term used that allows a reduction in inventory taxes and proponents of the idea say the benefit is to encourage businesses to keep inventory  – thus increasing business, jobs and ultimately the tax base.

Don Henderson with Mt. Vernon Mills told the Chattanooga Times Free – Press "without Freeport, local businesses are at a disadvantage compared to businesses in counties with the exemptions and to businesses in other states that don’t tax warehouse inventory."

"The better we can price our fabric, the better opportunities we have for getting those orders and getting those orders (is) critical to being able to run our plants and give people full work schedules"

Winters said that he believes the implementation of Freeport is working in Chattooga County.