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The Local Agenda: SPLOST VII citizens committee soon taking shape
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Local government officials are moving forward with organizing a citizens oversight committee for the latest round of special purpose local option sales tax revenue.

The committee is meant to ensure that only projects specifically approved by voters are funded with SPLOST VII revenues.

The projected revenue for the five-year life of SPLOST VII, approved by voters in March, is $158 million.

Hall County officials said they will make nominations and confirm members to the committee at their meeting next week.

The nine-member committee will include six representatives from the county and three from local municipalities.

“That makeup is generally based on the population breakdown between the cities and unincorporated Hall County,” said Hall County spokeswoman Katie Crumley.  

New affordable apartments proposed for Atlanta Street

The Gainesville Housing Authority is partnering with Walton Communities, LLC, to demolish the Green Hunter Homes on Atlanta Street and construct 84 affordable apartments.

City Council is expected to approve a resolution at its meeting tonight seeking low-income tax credits for the redevelopment.

There is no confirmed timetable for the project.

Gainesville Housing Manager Chris Davis said, if the project is approved, the housing authority would be given financial vouchers to assist current residents in relocating so the existing property can be demolished.

“Those vouchers are used to assist the residents with housing options and they can be used anywhere nationally,” he added.

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