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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


Ellis may not qualify for Hall County Board of Commissioners race

Steven Ellis is quietly running out of time to qualify as an independent candidate for the District 3 Hall County Board of Commissioners race this year against incumbent Republican Scott Gibbs.

June 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


SPLOST VII revenue estimate grows to $158 million

The latest revenue projection for a five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, tops $158 million.

June 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall may build new sports park

County officials are considering building a new youth sports park in South Hall while selling off remaining land to pay down the debt on the Spout Springs Water Reclamation Facility.

June 10, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Developer eyes new subdivision in Gainesville

For 10 years, John Roberts has watched property languish undeveloped along Wilson Drive in Gainesville.

June 09, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall commissioners ponder budget, tax options

When Hall County officials announced last week they were considering a tax increase to balance the 2015 fiscal year budget, it raised more questions than answers.

June 08, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Latest budget proposal includes BMX course

After years of planning and proposals, followed by disappointment when they fell through, BMX racing fans in Hall County might finally get the course they've long hoped for.

June 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Photo business gets 1st face-lift grant

It didn't take long for Thea DuBose to realize an empty storefront in the downtown Gainesville square was the perfect place to relocate her business.

June 06, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gibbs’ ties raise scrutiny on Web vote

When it comes to local government awarding contracts to businesses, what constitutes a conflict of interest?

June 05, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County proposing tax increase

Hall County officials are considering a tax increase to balance the fiscal year 2015 budget.

June 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tax increase could be an issue in school board runoff

Hall County residents can be forgiven for thinking the Board of Education's proposal to lower the tax rate in the next fiscal year equates to a tax cut.

June 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville council approves keeping tax rate stable

Gainesville City Council voted without dissent Tuesday to keep the tax rate at $3.06 per $1,000 of taxable property.

June 04, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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Articles By Author - Joshua Silavent


It’s wait-and-see for physicians over Hall County’s planned clinic

Representatives of local retail pharmacies have expressed concern about Hall County's plans to open a clinic and pharmacy for employees next year, arguing local government should not compete unfairly with the private sector.

September 21, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County officials finalizing SPLOST project list

Hall County officials are finalizing a category list for projects to be funded by a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax. They hope to present that list to voters during public input meetings later this fall.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County seeks reimbursement for faulty firetruck

Hall County is threatening legal action against Sutphen, manufacturer of a firetruck involved in a July 22 accident that seriously injured three firefighters, if the company does not reimburse the county for the full cost of the truck, according to documents obtained by The Times through an open records request.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Georgia congressman sponsors bill to demilitarize police

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat from DeKalb County, has introduced legislation that would dial back a federal program that transfers military equipment and resources to local law enforcement agencies.

September 19, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County mails first batch of revised tax notices

Hall County has mailed revised tax assessments to about 3,800 property owners, the first sign the appeals process is ending for some residents.

September 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Water fees likely to increase again for Gainesville users

When the Gainesville City Council voted Tuesday to raise the account service fee on water bills in lieu of increasing water rates, customers outside the city limits must have a felt a reversal of fortunes.

September 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville council OKs no change in water rates

Gainesville City Council approved keeping water rates unchanged for 2015 in a final vote on the measure Tuesday night.

September 16, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


New website gives Hall residents access to property info

Hall County has announced the launch of a new Geographic Information Systems website that will allow residents to access property and tax assessment information.

September 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Gainesville still looking to repay water refunds

The Gainesville Public Utilities Department is still looking to repay about $23,000 in unclaimed water refunds.

September 15, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Local officials plan for life after SPLOST

Concerns that Hall County voters will not approve a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax money to pay for capital needs have led local government officials to begin preparing contingency plans to deal with the potential loss of revenue.

September 13, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County denies Publix request for tax refund

The Hall County Board of Commissioners denied a claim by Publix Supermarkets for a refund on property taxes paid from 2011 through 2013, a move that has been repeated by other counties across the region.

September 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Council to amend adult entertainment ordinance, refinance bonds

Gainesville City Council is prepared to amend its adult entertainment ordinance requiring businesses to post notice and advertise their intent to seek a license.

September 12, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall County changes employee health benefits

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday morning to implement changes to employee health care benefits in an effort to encourage workers to use the county's new pharmacy and clinic, set to open in January.

September 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


United Way kicks off annual fundraising campaign

The United Way of Hall County kicked off its annual fundraising campaign Thursday morning at the Brenau Downtown Center in Gainesville, boasting about $550,000 in donations already from 23 "pace setter" companies.

September 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Hall OKs funds to replace faulty firetruck

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved funding this morning for the purchase of a new firetruck with an aerial platform to replace the one involved in a July accident that seriously injured three firefighters.

September 11, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


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