By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Your Views: Taxpayers, water users lose in city-county power struggle
Placeholder Image
Letters policy
Send e-mail to (no attached files, please, which can contain viruses); fax to 770-532-0457; or mail to The Times, P.O. Box 838, Gainesville, GA 30503. Include full name, hometown and phone number for confirmation. They should be limited to one topic on issues of public interest and may be edited for content and length (limit of 500 words). Letters originating from other sources or those involving personal, business or legal disputes, poetry, expressions of faith or memorial tributes may be rejected. You may be limited to one letter per month, two on a single topic. Submitted items may be published in print, electronic or other forms. Letters, columns and cartoons express the opinions of the authors and not of The Times editorial board.

To find a form to send a letter, click here

No issue is more important for quality growth in Hall County than a sufficient supply of water. The first question for any major developer considering investment in Hall is a guarantee for long term water usage.

An article in the Times on Sunday, again highlighted the continuing mistrust between Hall County officials and the city of Gainesville. Until both parties meet to resolve their differences, any taxpayer-friendly agreement can’t be resolved.

Clarification of downtown Gainesville development has only inflamed this mistrust at the leaders of Hall County. The city of Gainesville must also answer questions regarding the inequality that exists between the city and the county water rates.

I remember being in attendance when the county relinquished authority of the water system completely to Gainesville. All others in attendance agreed that Hall County rates may be slightly higher in the beginning, but over a short period of time, would equalize with the city.

It may be time for all municipalities within Hall County that utilize Gainesville water to demand representation at the water reservoir.

Terry Kuehn
Regional events