Ring­gold, Fort Oglethorpe set qual­i­fy­ing fees

The Catoosa County News - - EDITORIALS & OPINION - By Adam Cook [email protected]

The cities of Ring­gold and Fort Oglethorpe have set their qual­i­fy­ing fees for their 2019 city elec­tions.

Each mu­nic­i­pal­ity will have terms ex­pir­ing for its mayor and mul­ti­ple city coun­cil mem­bers.

Dur­ing Fort Oglethorpe’s Dec. 10 coun­cil meet­ing, City Man­ager Jen­nifer PayneSimp­kins ex­plained that the fees are de­ter­mined by the state.

“State law sets the fee at three-per­cent of the to­tal gross salary of the of­fice from the pre­vi­ous year,” PayneSimp­kins said. “They’re to be set no later than Feb. 1 and pub­lished for each mu­nici- pal of­fice be­ing filled.”

Ac­cord­ing to City Clerk Carol Mur­ray, Fort Oglethorpe will have Mayor Earl Gray’s term ex­pir­ing, as well as the terms of Coun­cil Mem­ber Rhonda James and Coun­cil Mem­ber Derek Rogers.

The may­oral can­di­date fee will be $315, while those seek­ing to run for City Coun­cil will have to pay a fee of $255.

In Ring­gold, Mayor Nick Mill­wood will like­wise be up for re-elec­tion, plus three opens coun­cil seats — those cur­rently be­long­ing to Sara Clark, Larry Black, and Terry Craw­ford.

Ring­gold’s fees were ap­proved at $180 for may­oral can­di­dates and $108 for City Coun­cil can­di­dates.

The ex­act qual­i­fy­ing dates have not been con­firmed yet, but Mur­ray said qual­i­fy­ing will more than likely oc­cur in Au­gust.

“No­vem­ber 2019 elec­tion qual­i­fy­ing will prob­a­bly start on Aug. 19 and usu­ally runs for three days,” Mur­ray said. ”It’s a lit­tle early to set things in stone yet.”

/ Adam Cook

The cities of Ring­gold and Fort Oglethorpe have set their qual­i­fy­ing fees for the 2019 city elec­tions. Ring­gold’s may­oral seat and three City Coun­cil spots will be open.

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