Civics 101: City vs County Government

City vs County Government

What Does the City Do?

Residents in the city pay additional taxes, BUT, municipalities like Chattanooga offer additional services such as fire and recycling.

Municipalities can pass local ordinances and counties generally cannot.

What Does the County Do?

The county acts as an administrative subdivision of the state.

The county administers and supervises services such as courts, public health, and jails.

County vs City Representation

The Hamilton County school system falls under the county/state.


County Mayor – Weston Wamp

11 Districts / 11 Commissioners


City Mayor – Tim Kelly

9 Districts / 9 Council Members