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Whitfield merchants to begin collecting extra penny sales tax July 1

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Staring July 1 the sales tax is going up in Whitfield County.

Merchants will collect an extra penny sale tax on each dollar's worth of goods they sell.  The extra tax will be collected for the next four years, raising an estimated $63.6 million to fund a variety of projects in Whitfield County, Dalton, Cohutta, Tunnel Hill, and Varnell.

Voters approved the penny SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) in March raising the county sales tax to 7 percent from 6 percent.

The county is in the process of issuing about $27 million in bonds upfront to fund “Priority 1” projects such as an emergency radio communications system, trucks for the Dalton and Whitfield County fire departments, turnout gear for the Whitfield County Fire Department, police cars for Cohutta and Varnell, and improvements at several parks.

The remaining tax will be used for “Priority 2” projects such as the Haig Mill recreation complex, new patrol cars for the sheriff's office and Dalton Police Department, and various road and bridge improvements.

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