CHATTANOOGA (Times Free Press)-- Mayor Ron Littlefield said he doesn't plan to seek a second consecutive tax increase next year, but it's not because thousands of people signed petitions trying to oust him from office.

Littlefield said his decision-making will not be influenced by the opposition that battled him over proposed fees and tax increases, the city budget and other issues.

"We're going to do what we have to do and deal with the consequences later," Littlefield said.

Mark West, president of the Chattanooga Tea Party, which helped lead the recall effort, said Littlefield's comments make the mayor sound "naive" and "foolhardy."

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