LAGRANGE, Ga. — Troup County Commissioners met this morning where they approved changes to their emergency management ordinances and took steps toward increasing the county's hotel/motel tax.
The changes to the county's emergency management ordinances were discussed during a Friday work session and subsequently approved this morning.
Dennis Knight, Troup County director of emergency management, said the measures deal with running the county in the midst of an emergency situation. Some of the approved changes were new and others were updates. The measure came before the commissioners because of recommendations from the state.
During a declared emergency, the approved language gives the county commissioners the ability to meet with greater ease, issue permits for temporary dwellings and enact a curfew among other items. It also determines a line of succession if it was impossible for the commissioners to convene after a disaster.
Officials also took the initial steps toward increasing the area's tax on hotels and motels. Before an increase can be enacted approval is needed from the General Assembly. The county commissioners approved a resolution to seek assistance from the county's legislative delegation in order to enact a tax of 8 percent.
The current tax is 5 percent. If approved, the additional revenue generated would have to be spent on tourism.