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Hall County Voters Favor Two Tax Payments

On Election Day 2010, Hall County voters decided that they would like to pay property taxes in two installments due Oct. 1 and Dec. 1, rather than one annual payment. The referendum is nonbinding, which means the Hall County Board of Commissioners must vote to actually change tax payments to two installments.

Craig Lutz and Scott Gibbs were voted onto the Hall County Board of Commissioners and will begin their four-year terms on Jan. 1. Craig Lutz received 85.3 percent of the vote for District 1, while opponent Paul Wayne Godfrey received 17.6 percent of the vote (1 percent was write-in). Scott Gibbs ran unopposed for the District 3 seat.

Early Voting Ends on Friday, The Number of Early Voters Has Risen

Atlanta, GA--  Early voting ends Friday for the Nov. 2 general election. Registered Hall County voters can visit the Elections Office at 2285 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Friday.

More voters are taking advantage of this last week of early voting. “We are averaging 500 voters per day, but yesterday we voted 647,” Interim Director of Elections Charlotte Sosebee said Tuesday.

Commissioner Bell selected for Leadership Programs

Atlanta, GA--  Commissioner Ashley Bell has been selected to participate in two leadership programs that will prepare him to tackle tough issues in local government.

On Oct. 17-22, Commissioner Bell will attend “Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage,” a program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The program helps officials find ways to approach real-life problems with the help of experienced leaders, from Harvard professors, to Congressmen, to Parliamentarians from London. Commissioner Bell has chosen to focus on regional water strategies, as well as public-private partnerships in the recession.

“This is a program that deals directly with what I do as a county commissioner,” Bell said. “I hope to gain a better skill set and a more dynamic approach to the problems we deal with as a local government.”

The Boston-based program is funded by a fellowship, not by taxpayers.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners Changes Location of Next Meeting

Atlanta, GA-- PUBLIC NOTICE-- In Accordance with the Georgia Open Meetings Act, Hall County is announcing changes they have made to the schedule of their next public meeting.

The Location of the October 12th, Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting at 9:00 a.m. has changed locations from the Courthouse Annex Building to the Georgia Mountains Center. 

Georgia Mountains Center, Meeting Rooms B & C, 301 Main Street, Gainesville, GA 30501

Hall County Board of Commissioners 9/23 Meeting Highlights Released

Atlanta, GA-- 

MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

Hall County Board of Commissioners 5 p.m. Sept. 23, 2010, Georgia Mountains Center 

1. Proclamation declaring October to be Fire Prevention Month and October 3-9, 2010, to be Fire Prevention Week in Hall County.

2. Unanimously approved Consent Agenda:    

a. Approved September 9, 2010 Meeting Minutes.

b. Approved release Executive Session Minutes dated September 8, 2010.

c. Reappointed Ken Cochran to the Gainesville-Hall MPO Citizen Advisory Committee (District One).

d. Reappointed Brent Hoffman to the Gainesville-Hall MPO Citizen Advisory Committee (District Two).

e. Appointed David Smith, Jr. to the Gainesville-Hall MPO Citizen Advisory Committee (District Two).

f. Reappointed James Nix to the Gainesville-Hall MPO Citizen Advisory Committee (District Three).

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Hall County Early Voting Begins Sept. 16th

Atlanta, GA-- Starting Thursday, Hall County voters may cast their ballots for the Nov. 2 general election. Sample ballots are now available online at http://elections.hallcounty.org.

The Hall County Board of Elections and Voter Registration office will open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays for early voting until Oct. 29. The deadline is Oct. 4 for new voters to register to participate in the Nov. 2 general election. The elections office is located at 2285 Browns Bridge Road, Suite 2, Gainesville. Voters must bring one of the permitted forms of photo ID.

Absentee ballots may be mailed until Oct. 29. Fill out the application and mail it or drop it off at the Hall County elections office.