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Sales tax vote may be pushed back to spring

Local government officials are considering delaying a vote on a new round of special purpose local option sales tax from this fall to spring 2015.

July 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lakefront property tax appeals below forecast

Lakefront homeowners across Hall County have vowed in recent weeks to appeal the latest reassessments on their property, and now the final tally is in.

July 03, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council gives first OK to assisted living facility, home development

Gainesville City Council approved a zoning amendment Tuesday that will allow developer John Roberts to proceed with building a 55-home single-family subdivision off Wilson Drive.

July 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Locals reflect on 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson declared "all men are created equal."

July 02, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


SPLOST VII revenue eyed to fund unfulfilled budget requests

Hall County's "wish list" of projects and equipment to fund through a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, keeps growing.

July 01, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Voter ID laws still a source of controversy

Have voter identification laws helped stamp out fraud and other polling irregularities, or were there never such problems to begin with?

June 30, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tag, you’re not it: Some vanity plates don’t make the cut

America, if nothing else, is rooted in car culture.

June 29, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tax appeals could alter Hall County budget

Hall County may have to adjust its revenue projections and general fund budget once appeals of property assessments conclude in a few months.

June 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Traffic study shows stop sign unwarranted

Gainesville officials have conducted a traffic study to determine if an all-way stop sign is needed at the intersection of Club and East Lake drives near the Chattahoochee Country Club.

June 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall votes to not hike taxes, give staff a 3 percent raise

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday night to approve a $90.268 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year that includes a full rollback of the property tax rate.

June 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville council approves insurance contract

The Gainesville City Council unanimously approved a $551,000 contract with OneBeacon Government Risks for property and liability insurance coverage at a special called meeting Thursday morning.

June 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


City’s tax rate could change despite budget adoption

It will likely take another few months before Gainesville officials know whether they need to roll back the property tax rate following a reassessment of lakefront home values this year.

June 26, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Glades Reservoir project faces another delay

The release of a draft environmental impact statement on the proposed Glades Reservoir has been delayed again.

June 25, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Airport looks to attract larger planes, more business

Hall County and the city of Gainesville are considering splitting the cost of a $25,000 study to determine if Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport can handle larger aircraft landing on its runways.

June 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Residents offer more objections to proposed county budget

As the Hall County Board of Commissioners prepare to vote on a 2015 fiscal year budget this week, residents got another chance Monday to voice their concerns and objections during a public hearing.

June 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


Log cabin to be reassembled at park

The log cabin home of Revolutionary War veteran Col. James Roberts might soon be resurrected to its former glory.

July 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


State's education fund gets record lottery payout

The Georgia Lottery Corp. last week reported its largest single-year transfer to the state's education fund, which supports financial aid for pre-kindergarten and higher education students.

July 28, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


'Lost Generation' lives on thanks to literary greats

"You are all a lost generation."

July 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | More viewpoint stories


Your tax Q&A: Officials answer questions about appeals

Several Hall County residents who are appealing the reassessments of their lakefront home values have raised questions about that process.

July 27, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


County approves medical contracts for jail, correctional institute

Despite concerns about rising costs and how to pay for them, the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday to approve contracts for medical services at the jail and correctional institution.

July 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County looks to lease 2 corps parks on Lanier

Hall County is one step closer to leasing two Lake Lanier parks from the Army Corps of Engineers.

July 24, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Runoff draws small crowd

Turnout in Hall County for Tuesday's runoff election was better than officials had anticipated, but still decreased from the primary in May.

July 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Sloan wins tight runoff to keep Hall school board seat

Incumbent Brian Sloan has beaten challenger Mark Pettitt in the runoff for the Post 2 Hall County Board of Education seat.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


The Local Agenda: Hall considers cost of inmates’ medical care

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will consider approving contracts for medical services at the jail and correctional institution when it meets this Thursday.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall retirement plans may merge to cut costs

Hoping to cut costs and streamline services, the Hall County Board of Commissioners is prepared to select a new company to manage employee retirement plans when it meets Thursday.

July 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


County to consider vendor for retirement accounts

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will likely select a vendor to manage employee retirement accounts this week.

July 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Recent drownings bring back scary memories for Dahlonega man

About 10 people die every day in America from drowning.

July 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall turnout in runoff on pace with primary

Turnout during the early voting period for the July 22 runoff was on par with turnout during the May primary in Hall County.

July 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Area real estate market again on the move

A few fluctuations in the local real estate market in recent months haven't changed the positive trend lines in home sales, according to brokers.

July 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


It’s a hot, dry summer this year

This time last summer, Hall County residents were repeating a famous refrain from classic rock band Credence Clearwater Revival: "Who will stop the rain?"

July 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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