SUMMERVILLE — A plan to lower Chattooga County property taxes will need voter approval this year, according to Commissioner Jason Winters.

Instead of relying on property taxes, the commissioner wants to create an additional one-percent sales tax. If approved by a voter referendum, it would increase the local sales tax rate to eight percent.

“This is something that needs to be put on the ballot,” Winters said. “During the tax hearings, one of the common things you hear is people asking why we are not doing more sales tax initiatives instead of depending on property taxes.”

Winters cannot enact a new sales tax alone. He will need voter approval this spring. Tentatively, the commissioner wants the question placed on the May 22 general primary ballot.