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Hall business code changes still in contention
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The Hall County Board of Commissioners is still considering revisions to the business license code months after changes were first proposed.

Business License Director Susan Rector presented several changes to the board Monday, but a few sticking points remain.

Perhaps the biggest point of contention involves a proposal to require businesses to submit a tax form verifying the number of people they employ.

Hall County has a tiered system, or fee schedule, depending on how many employees a business has. More workers equal higher costs for business licenses.

Commissioner Scott Gibbs said he opposed requiring businesses to submit the tax form because it would then become a matter of public record, potentially revealing personal details such as income earned and social security numbers.

Commissioner Craig Lutz said he also objected to the proposed requirement but for a different reason.

Lutz said targeting the few businesses that are not forthright in their staffing levels with this requirement would add an unnecessary burden on compliant businesses.

Instead, Lutz suggested adding a penalty for those businesses that employ more people than they admit to, with county marshals following up.

Meanwhile, commissioners expressed support for requiring businesses to be properly licensed before opening, with no grace period.

Commissioners also said they supported reducing the 90-day grace period for late penalties and interest to 31 days.

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