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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


Homeowner to sue Hall for damage

For several years, Gainesville resident Don Stroud and his wife have looked out the window of their home on the corner of Pine Valley and Walter Stover roads to see an eyesore.

June 23, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County budget scuffle: More money, more dissent

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will vote on a 2015 fiscal year budget Thursday, but getting to this point has been trying for county staff, commissioners and residents.

June 22, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Officials conclude tax input meetings

While comments on The Times website and Facebook page often reveal opposition to a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, residents at the last of three meetings Thursday in Gainesville to gather public input on what projects to fund said they supported the tax.

June 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Changes may come to tax sharing negotiations

The Association County Commissioners of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association have begun talks to determine whether the process of distributing local option sales tax revenue between counties and cities can be improved and made more equitable.

June 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lakefront tax values stir venom

One topic of conversation drowned out all other fiscal concerns when the Hall County Board of Commissioners held its first public hearing this month on the proposed 2015 fiscal year budget.

June 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville tries to escape jail debt

The fallout from Gainesville's purchase of the old Hall County jail in 2012, and the subsequent exodus of the Corrections Corp. of America the following year, has left the city treading water on the debt payments it owes.

June 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville City Council approves 2015 fiscal year budget

Gainesville City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a $30.3 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which includes no tax increases.

June 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


The Local Agenda: Gainesville set to approve budget tonight

Little debate, and no opposition from officials, is likely when Gainesville City Council meets today to vote on the $30.3 million 2015 fiscal year budget.

June 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lula adopts 2015 budget

Lula City Council unanimously adopted an $808,000 general fund budget for the 2015 fiscal year Monday night, pumping an additional $27,000 into improving local parks.

June 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville eyes $43.5 million in SPLOST projects

As Hall County voters ponder the prospect of approving a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, this fall, local government officials have worked behind the scenes to develop a "wish list" of projects to be funded.

June 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall's wish list for sales tax to include sewer, roads

As Hall County moves forward on gathering public comment for a seventh special purpose local option sales tax, departments are also preparing their own wish lists.

June 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Used car dealership vying for county's approval

The Hall County Planning Commission will consider Monday whether to recommend approval for opening a used car dealership on Browns Bridge Road.

June 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County now proposing $90.6 million budget

Hall County officials are now considering a $90.6 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year, a 4 percent increase over the adopted 2014 budget, and down from about $92 million just a few weeks ago.

June 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Plumbing contract dispute boils over in Hall County

The Hall County Board of Commissioners tonight will likely award annual contracts for electrical, elevator and heating, ventilation and air conditioning repair services without debate.

June 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Injured firefighter pays special visit to wife, school

Injured Hall County firefighter Stephen Jackson made his way down school hallways Wednesday morning, past hundreds of cheering students lined against the wall, into the arms of his wife, Misty.

August 20, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Vogel turns out Democrats in Gainesville

Area Democrats gathered at the Gainesville Convention Center on Tuesday night to welcome and support U.S. Ninth Congressional District candidate David Vogel.

August 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville council at stalemate over raising water rates

Gainesville City Council is deadlocked on whether to raise water rates 1 percent after a 3-3 vote Tuesday night.

August 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Fire chief relieved of command following truck accident

Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell has been relieved of command over fire services but will retain his post as Emergency Management Agency director following a mishap with a fire truck last month that injured three firefighters.

August 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Residents monitor creek as developers set up shop

Behind Vanessa Hyatt-Fugate's home, down a weed-strewn slope in the Hollywood Hills subdivision off Thompson Bridge Road, runs Slaughterhouse Creek, a narrow, babbling stream that empties into a Lake Lanier cove.

August 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville to conduct pay study

Gainesville officials are embarking on a pay study to determine if workers' wages and benefits are competitive with similar-sized governments and private sector job equivalents.

August 17, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville considers raising water rates

Politics are at play as Gainesville officials debate whether to implement a 1 percent rate increase for water service beginning next year.

August 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County moving on health clinic without Gainesville

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday to proceed with opening a pharmacy and health clinic to serve county employees.

August 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville considers raising water rates

Politics are at play as Gainesville officials debate whether to implement a 1 percent rate increase for water service beginning next year.

August 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville: 4th side of downtown square for sale

Plans to develop the fourth side of the downtown Gainesville square have fallen through and the property owner is now looking to sell the site.

August 14, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County still pressing Gainesville to annex 'islands'

Hall County officials are still jabbing at Gainesville's decision to annex unincorporated "islands" last year, asking the city for an update on its plans with regard to additional properties.

August 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Planning board tables talk of Broad Street abandonment

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board tabled a request Tuesday from Medical Arts Properties, a local real estate firm, to have the city abandon a portion of Broad Street between Prior and Spring streets.

August 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County moving forward on health clinic for workers

Hall County officials are finally moving forward on plans to turn the old East Hall library branch, shuttered as a result of budget cuts in July 2011, into a health clinic for employees.

August 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall commissioners to review new park’s budget

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will meet today to discuss the project budget for Cherokee Bluffs Park.

August 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County looks to alter contract bid process

Hall County officials met last week to discuss possible changes to the way bids are solicited and contracts are awarded, particularly in regards to purchasing orders.

August 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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