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No funding allocated for West Hall community center

POSTED: March 21, 2014 11:31 p.m.

Why doesn’t West Hall County have a community center like East, South and North Hall do?

According to county spokeswoman Katie Crumley, most of the community centers are funded through the county’s special purpose local option sales tax. The current SPLOST VI allotted $5.5 million for the construction of community center in either District 2, which is West Hall, or District 3, which covers parts of northern and eastern Hall.

That money was used to build the North Hall Park community center on Nopone Road.

“They looked at putting one in District 2 and it just happened that District 3 was chosen,” Crumley said.

An effort was made to locate both the Mulberry Creek Park Community Center in Flowery Branch and North Hall Park near the District 2 line, Crumley said.

Billy Powell, the county commissioner for District 2, said in an email that there is a need for a community center in his district. Such a project could cost the county several million dollars.

“I believe a community center in my district is needed; however, funding for the construction of one is not available at this time,” he said. “If funding does become available, I think Cool Springs Park, which sits on 75 acres of land, would be the ideal location for a community center as ballparks have already been constructed and Hall County has already purchased the land.”

SPLOST VI is scheduled to expire in June 2015. The county will soon start researching possible projects for the next SPLOST proposal.

“We will start exploring (possible projects) in the next month or so,” Assistant County Administrator Marty Nix said. “Then we will get community groups involved in the SPLOST programs somewhere late in the summer of 2014.”

When it is closer to the time for community input, the Hall County government will issue a press release detailing when and where the meetings will take place.

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