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Hall officials waver on choosing new credit card vendor
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The Hall County Board of Commissioners is likely to ratify the purchase of right of way off Florence Drive this week to provide access to the new sheriff’s office headquarters.

The 0.37-acre parcel has been purchased from America’s Home Place for $35,000.  

Officials said they want the land so they can limit traffic to the headquarters from the Hall County Government Center driveway.

The new administrative headquarters will be constructed at the 33-acre Government Center campus, though it is unclear when ground will be broken. About $5 million has been budgeted out of special purpose local option sales tax monies to fund the proposed 50,000-square-foot, three-story building.

Finally, the Board of Commissioners is likely to approve an alcohol license for the first farm winery in Hall County this week.

With the license, Sweet Acre Farms, at 7570 Bill Wilson Road in Alto, will be one step closer to opening. The owners still need a state alcohol license before they can begin making wine.

The Board of Commissioners meets at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville.

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The Hall County Board of Commissioners might delay a vote this week on whether to hire a new vendor to handle processing of credit and debit card payments.

Officials said they need to determine whether the limited savings and the inability to confirm customer transactions in real time make up for the “hassle” of changing vendors.

Value Payment Systems of Nashville, Tenn., is the top bidder, and officials said it was unclear why the current vendor did not make a bid.

But Hall County Purchasing Manager Tim Sims said there would little-to-no savings to taxpayers associated with changing vendors.

And commissioners questioned whether having to implement new systems and credit card machines is worth the trouble of making the change.

“No sense in changing for change’s sake,” said Commissioner Jeff Stowe.

In addition, Tax Commissioner Darla Eden said she is hesitant for the Board of Commissioners to move forward with a new vendor at this time while she works to optimize online payment processing through a mobile phone application.

“I will say we’ve had a few hiccups,” Eden said.

Eden said she will meet this week with representatives from PayPal, an Internet-based business that processes payments and money transfers, to discuss implementing a system that confirms customer payments in real time.

Typically, residents making payments to Hall County for a wide variety of services have to wait a day to have them processed and posted to their accounts.

Eden said she is hoping online payment processing, especially through the use of a mobile app, can help reduce in-person visits to the Hall County Tax Commissioner’s Office.

“We’re looking to streamline the service,” she added.

The Board of Commissioners meets at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville.

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