County Mayor Jim Coppinger, at a Thursday appearance with County School Supt. Bryan Johnson before the Chattanooga Rotary Club, said it is “time to step up” in behalf of education.


The county mayor is pushing for a 34-cent property tax increase that would bring $34 million to the county schools. The County Commission is set to vote next Wednesday with a close vote expected.


County Mayor Coppinger said they have both spoken at a lot of places to let the public know “how much it is needed because it is our future.

We need to step up to give the young people an opportunity.”


The Hamilton County general government is the entity most responsible for public education and public safety, said County

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