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The Local Agenda: Gainesville council to hear proposals on budget Thursday
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The Gainesville City Council will continue hearing departmental accomplishments, goals and budget priorities for the next fiscal year when it meets for a work session Thursday morning.

The meeting will begin with a budget presentation from the parks and recreation department, including funding requests.

The public works, tourism and communication, and Community Service Center divisions will follow with presentations about goals and priorities going forward.

The council has already reviewed goals and priorities for several departments over the last month or so, including police and fire, human resources, finance and the planning division.

The council meets at 9 a.m. Thursday in room 301 of the administration building, 300 Henry Ward Way.

State legislature wraps up Thursday

State lawmakers will end the 2015 session of the General Assembly this Thursday.

Both the House and Senate will be in session today, the penultimate day of the 40-day session.

Lawmakers must still find compromise on a proposed $1 billion transportation bill.

A six-member committee is charged with hashing out the differences in the two versions of the bill, including where to set the amount of excise taxes on gasoline.

The House version sets that number at 29.2 cents-per-gallon, while the Senate wanted 24 cents.

The state budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 also remains in a conference committee negotiating their differences. It contains another key element of the overall transportation funding target — $100 million in bonds for transit agencies throughout the state.

On the House side, bills up for debate today include a proposal to reduce the number of early voting days.

Registration still open for Scholars’ Academy

The fourth annual Hall County Government Scholars’ Academy is fast approaching, and registration is still open for interested participants.

The academy includes nine sessions between April 14 and June 9, each focusing on a unique aspect of local government. The Scholars’ Academy also includes tours of government facilities.

Participation is free. Registration forms and the syllabus are available online.

For more information, visit www.hallcounty.org, or contact Hall County spokeswoman Katie Crumley at kcrumley@hallcounty.org or 770-297-5504.

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

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