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The Local Agenda: Gainesville calls council meeting for Thursday
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Gainesville City Council is expected to hold an unscheduled meeting Thursday morning before its regular work session to vote again on amending its code to reduce the advertising requirements for annexations started by a local government.

The current ordinance requires the city to publish a notice in a local newspaper at least 15 days prior to a public hearing before the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board. It also required that, at least 15 days before the hearing, the city post a sign on the property stating the date, time and place of the hearing. Plus, Gainesville’s law required a notice to be mailed to owners of property that touches or is located across the street from the subject property at least 10 days before the hearing.

State law requires a hearing and that a public notice for a hearing be published in a local newspaper at least 15 days before the hearing.

Gainesville plans to mail notices again to affected property owners and advertise again in the newspaper. Public hearings will be held both by the planning board and the City Council, Community Development Director Rusty Ligon said. Notices are expected to be mailed to property owners on Monday, Ligon said.

Additional amendments to zoning ordinances on the agenda for Thursday include road frontage and banner sign changes.

Council members to discuss 2014 Hotel/Motel Tax Fund

City Council members are scheduled to hear from Melody Marlowe, Gainesville Administrative Services Department director, on city communication and tourism funding and on the 2014 budget for the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund. Thursday morning’s work session agenda also has a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice and a business resolution about the schedule for holding onto records.

Hall commissioners expected to hold hearing on budget

It wasn’t on the agenda for Monday’s work session, but the Hall County Board of Commissioners is expected to hold a public hearing on its proposed 2014 fiscal budget on Thursday. However, residents can get an earlier look at the draft budget at 6 p.m. this evening at North Hall Park & Community Center.

District 3 Commissioner Scott Gibbs is hosting a community open house with staff from county departments, such as financial services and public works. Representatives from the tax commissioner’s office and the sheriff’s office are also expected to attend. Besides the budget, residents can get information on public safety and specific district information.

Hall County’s 2013 final tax digest was down 1.51 percent compared with last year. Financial Services Director Vickie Neikirk said that caused a shortfall in the county’s 2014 proposed budget of about $560,000 that was presented in an open house May 16. It’s currently unclear how that will be addressed.

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