Representatives from Whitfield County’s smaller cities say they support a proposed intergovernmental agreement to create a new Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).
The Dalton City Council voted Monday to table the agreement while it reconsiders one of its key projects, a $2.2 million plan to repair the dam at Threadmill Lake and to link the lake with Lakeshore Park and Brookwood Park with trails.
Dalton Public Works Director Benny Dunn told the council that because the lake and the area around it are considered wetlands, just receiving the federal permits for the work would probably cost $2 million and take five to seven years. He said based on studies, the work would reduce runoff during a storm that would occur only every 50 years by 3 percent.
The agreement calls for a four-year SPLOST that is forecast to collect some $62 million.
Officials with the cities of Cohutta, Tunnel Hill and Varnell say they don’t plan any changes in their projects.