The Whitfield County Fire Department will officially open its newest fire station on Friday at 10 a.m. The county will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Fire Station 12 at 2446 S. Riverbend Road.
The station will increase fire protection in the south end of the county. The building itself cost $1.765 million. The county paid an additional $75,000 to buy the land.
In 2018, the Dalton Building Authority agreed to issue bonds to build the station and equip it. The bonds are being repaid from taxes collected in the special tax district for the fire department, which is everything outside of the city limits of Dalton.
The county Board of Commissioners would like to pay off the $2.955 million remaining on those bonds with funds from a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) that is planned for either the May 2020 general primary ballot or the November 2020 general election ballot. Whitfield County Fire Chief Edward O'Brien listed the bonds' repayment as his top priority in a presentation in August to a citizens advisory committee that will make recommendations for projects that could be funded from that SPLOST.