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The Local Agenda: Council to review public transportation routes, fares
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Gainesville City Council will meet Thursday morning to hear a presentation and review routes and fares for the city’s public transit service.

Phillippa Lewis Moss, director of the Gainesville-Hall Community Service Center, told The Times she expects some changes to Gainesville Connection routes to increase their effectiveness, as well as possible changes to fare options to increase revenues.

Council meets at 9 a.m. Thursday in room 301 of the Administration Building, 300 Henry Ward Way.

Medical marijuana study committee meets Wednesday

The Joint Study Committee on Prescription of Medical Cannabis for Serious Medical Conditions will hold its next meeting from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville.

The committee, which is tasked with studying the effects of the extracts and compounds of marijuana as a medical treatment and determining if legislation is warranted to legalize its prescription use, will hear testimony from law enforcement officials at this meeting.

The committee was created by SR 981 following the 2014 legislative session. State Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, serves on the committee.

Gainesville leaf and limb pickup to begin Monday

The city of Gainesville will begin providing its leaf and limb pickup service Monday.

The Street Maintenance Division has divided the city into two zones for pickup.

Zone one includes all areas of the city west of Thompson Bridge Road, Green Street and E.E. Butler Parkway.

Zone two includes all remaining areas to the north and east.

Zone one residents will be serviced on the first and third weeks of each month. Zone two residents will be serviced on the second and fourth weeks of each month.

Leaves should be placed in long, narrow piles along the back of the street curb no later than Monday of each service week. All trash, sticks and limbs longer than eight inches should be removed.

Curbside leaf pickup will conclude in late January. For more information, call Interim Street Superintendent Todd Bebe at 770-535-5297.

The Times kicks off election previews

The Times kicked off its general election coverage this past weekend with a preview of the 9th District U.S. House of Representatives race between incumbent Republican Doug Collins and Democratic challenger David Vogel.

The Times will preview the governor’s race, which pits incumbent Republican Nathan Deal against Democrat Jason Carter and Libertarian Andrew Hunt, this Sunday.

On Oct. 12, The Times will preview the U.S. Senate race between Republican David Perdue, Democrat Michelle Nunn and Libertarian Amanda Swafford.

Finally, The Times will preview the lieutenant governor’s race between incumbent Republican Casey Cagle and Democrat Connie Stokes on Oct. 19.

Don’t forget that the voter registration deadline is Monday.

Tax bills in the mail

Hall County Tax Commissioner Darla Eden said tax bills were mailed Monday to residents and payments are due Dec. 1.

Taxpayers are encouraged to mail their payments to P.O. Box 1579, Gainesville, GA, 30503 or pay online at

A drop-box for payments is also available at the front entrance of the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville.

Late payments will incur a 1 percent interest penalty. The penalty increases to 10 percent if payments are not made on or before March 1.

A “temporary” tax bill will be mailed to property owners whose appeals of their tax assessments have not yet been resolved.

The bills will be based on last year’s assessed value or 85 percent of the current year’s assessed value, depending on which is less.

The Tax Commissioner’s Office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except on holidays), and officials can be reached by phone at 770-531-6950 or email at

Joshua Silavent covers government issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him:


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