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Hall commissioners to address changes to business license code
Board also to discuss adult entertainment ordinance
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Hall County Board of Commissioners

What: Work session to discuss proposed changes to business license code and adult entertainment ordinance, as well as agreement with Northeast Georgia Medical Center approving bond package

When: 3 p.m. today

Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will discuss proposed changes to the business license code, which have been in the works for months, at a work session today.

The commissioners intend to hold a public hearing on the matter at its Thursday voting session.

Changes include reducing the grace period for late payments, requiring businesses to have a license before opening their doors and possible fee adjustments.

But an earlier proposal to require businesses to submit a tax form verifying the number of people they employ is unlikely to get the support of the board.

Officials have said such a form could potentially reveal personal details such as income earned and Social Security numbers, while also placing an unnecessary burden on compliant businesses.

In other business today, the board will discuss proposed changes to the adult entertainment ordinance.

Hall County in May enacted a 180-day moratorium on adult entertainment establishments, including strip clubs, adult bookstores and video stores, so officials could review and update the ordinance.

The moratorium froze the issuance and approval of any and all permits and licenses for adult-themed businesses, but did not affect adult entertainment establishments already legally operating in the county.

County officials have said the ordinance already has strict regulations in place for adult entertainment businesses, and any changes would likely tighten these constraints.

Finally, the board will discuss an intergovernmental agreement with Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

The hospital intends to convert its construction loans on the building of its new facility in Braselton into bonds, according to county officials, and the board must sign off on the interest rates, as well as other conditions, tied to the bond package.

Officials said the hospital put off rolling the loans into bonds a few years ago, but that doing so now will save money in the long run.

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