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The Local Agenda: Voting on sales tax underway
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In the first day of early voting to decide the fate of a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, 110 Hall County voters cast ballots, according to Elections Director Charlotte Sosebee.

An additional 25 absentee ballots have been mailed.

Early voting on SPLOST VII continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until March 13 at the county elections office in Gainesville.

All precincts will be open for voting on Election Day, March 17.

Meanwhile, the newly formed Hall County Board of Elections will hold a meeting next week to introduce a replacement for board member Ann Jones, a Flowery Branch businesswoman and Republican political activist who resigned this month because a bylaw prohibits members from actively working on campaigns.

The board will also appoint a vice chair and dive into poll worker training for the March 17 special purpose local option sales tax election.

The board meets at 3 p.m. March 3 at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville.

Gainesville City Council sets light agenda for work session

The Gainesville City Council will not hear any budget presentations at a work session this week, with resolutions supporting a homeless assistance program funding application and a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for the Public Utilities Department administration building.

City Council heard funding requests from local nonprofits and economic development agencies earlier this month.

Department budget requests will likely begin in March.

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

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

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