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Your Views: Taxpayers, water users lose in city-county power struggle
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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
Gainesville
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