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The Local Agenda: Gainesville to hold budget hearing for 2014

POSTED: May 7, 2013 12:30 a.m.

The Gainesville City Council is scheduled to hold a hearing on its 2014 proposed budget during tonight’s City Council meeting.

The property tax rate is expected to stay the same, which is currently $3.06 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

The rate breaks down into three parts, with $1.77 going to general government, 79 cents going to parks and recreation operations and 50 cents to debt payments.

The city is also setting the property tax rate for the Gainesville Board of Education at a rate of $7.59 on each $1,000 of assessed property value.

Gainesville water, sewer rates increase in proposed budget

Water rates are estimated to increase by 3.5 percent for city water customers, which include a large portion of Hall County.

Sewer rates are projected to rise by 1.75 percent in the proposed budget. If these rates are approved by the Gainesville council for next year, they would take effect Jan. 1.

Unincorporated county residents pay a higher differential amount to compensate the city for the added service cost. For 2013, the council hiked water rates 3 percent and sewer rates 3.5 percent. Rates for 2012 increased 4 percent for water and 4.25 percent for sewer.

Gainesville City Council to consider grant funding plan

The Gainesville council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the city’s 2013 annual action plan for the Community Development Block Grant program at its meeting this evening.

The program is run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and helps communities provide decent housing, revitalize neighborhoods and eliminate blight for residents with low and moderate incomes. Gainesville’s Community Development department estimates total funding will be around $390,000.

The action plan calls for spending $184,000 to repair and rehabilitate houses and $60,000 to buy vacant and deteriorating houses and tear them down or fix them. About $20,000 in grant money will go toward hiring more code enforcement officers and $72,000 is budgeted for program administration.

Five nonprofit organizations were awarded funding for the 2013 fiscal year, including Gateway House Inc., Center Point and The Guest House. The amounts varied between $10,000 and $14,000.

Hall to hold Wednesday commission meeting

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is holding its meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday due to scheduling conflicts for its regularly scheduled meeting time of 6 p.m. Thursday.

Many of the items the board discussed at its work session Monday will likely come up for a vote, including a 2013 road resurfacing program for about 40 county roads and applying for a Georgia Environmental Finance Authority loan for a new leachate system for the county’s landfill.

The Hall County landfill treatment plant, which treats water that touches contaminated landfill waste, is broken and given its age officials have said the county must buy a new system, which is estimated to cost about $1.1 million.

Hall County has a temporary plant set up in Banks County. The higher level of rain Northeast Georgia has had is adding to the amount of water needing treatment and increasing the cost.

The area has received 27.71 inches of rain so far this year as of Sunday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City. The normal amount of year-to-date rainfall through Sunday was 19.86 inches.

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