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The Local Agenda: Gainesville work session canceled
Council will hold regular voting meeting July 7
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With only a few agenda items and the pending departure of City Manager Kip Padgett, who has resigned to take a similar job in North Carolina, the Gainesville City Council has canceled its scheduled work session for Thursday morning.

Council, however, will hold its regularly scheduled voting meeting at 5:30 p.m. July 7 in the municipal courtroom of the Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway.

Independence Day holiday closings

Hall County's administrative offices, courts, community centers and libraries will be closed Friday and Saturday in observance of the Independence Day federal holiday.  

Essential public safety and public works personnel will continue service as usual during the holiday weekend.

While the county landfill will be closed on Saturday, compactor sites will remain open all weekend.

Community centers will reopen on Sunday for regularly scheduled hours.  

Meanwhile, Gainesville administrative offices will also be closed on Friday for the holiday.

Friday garbage collection will take place on July 7.


New fiscal year begins Wednesday

The 2016 fiscal year for Hall County and Gainesville begins Wednesday. Both governments have adopted budgets for the next 12 months.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a $93.6 million general fund budget with no tax increase.

That’s up from an adopted $90.2 million budget in the current fiscal year, and includes funding for 24 new full-time positions and $1.4 million for employee raises.

Public safety costs account for about 42 percent of spending, with property taxes accounting for about 41 percent of revenues.

And Gainesville has approved a $30.3 million general fund budget that includes no tax increase.

Public safety services once again account for more than half the general fund budget, totaling about $15.5 million in spending.

Meanwhile, total employee benefits are projected to cost about $9.2 million next year, up from about $7.52 million.

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