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City Council has no immediate plans to discuss the Sunday Liquor Sales bill

City Council has no immediate plans to discuss the Sunday Liquor Sales bill

The Georgia Legislature is passing a Sunday Sales Bill to allow individual cities in Georgia to be able to sell liquor on Sundays.

In a conversation with Councilman George Wangemann, he told 11Alive News that “there are no current plans to bring it up (Sunday sales), but if it comes up we will see what side of the fence all of us are on.”

For more info on Sunday sales please see related article.  RELATED: Georgia Sunday alcohol sales bill heads

New Hall County Chief Appraiser, Steve Watson, starts today

New Hall County Chief Appraiser, Steve Watson, starts today

Gainesville, GA --  The Hall County Board of Tax Assessors has hired Gainesville native Steve Watson as the new Chief Appraiser. Watson begins work on Monday, April 11.

Watson has been in the business of assessment administration for more than 25 years, most recently as the Deputy Chief Appraiser for Gwinnett County since 2003. He also served as the Stephens County Chief Appraiser from 1992-2003. He is a Certified Appraiser Level IV and a member of the Georgia Association of Assessing Officials and International Association of Assessing Officers. Watson is a Gainesville High School graduate and attended Gainesville State College.

“The community has a high expectation of us and we have a great responsibility, because we are stewards of the property tax system,” Watson said. “I live in Gainesville and love this community. I am excited to come back to my roots and serve as Chief Appraiser for Hall County.”

Budget hearings scheduled April 11-15

Hall County, GA--  (submitted by Nikki Hall)  Hall County Government has scheduled four days of budget hearings when each department will discuss funding needs in detail. This is an opportunity for the public to gain insight into the county budget for fiscal year 2012, which begins July 1.

Hall County Commissioners host meeting to discuss tax digest

Hall County, GA--  (submitted by Nikki Young)  

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will host a meeting of all taxing authorities in Hall County to discuss the 2011 tax digest. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. March 30 at the Mulberry Creek Community Center, 4491 JM Turk Road, Flowery Branch. Several members of the Board of Commissioners plan to attend, and the meeting is open to the public.

The purpose of the meeting is to bring together the Board of Assessors, Tax Commissioner and county Financial Services to provide information to all Hall County taxing authorities on the 2011 tax digest. New state law requires that all taxpayers be sent an assessment notice yearly. This new requirement likely will lead to many more tax appeals in 2011, which could then lower the taxable values on the digest.

Special Election Voting Today in Forsyth County

Don't forget, the polls are open until 7pm today, March 15th for Special Election Voting. 

The only agenda on the ballot is whether or not to continue the one percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for educational purposes. 

Voters must visit their designated precinct to vote.

For more information or to find your precint, click here.

Meeting Highlights from Hall County Board of Commissioners

Hall County  (Submitted by Nikki Young)  6 p.m. March 10, 2011, Georgia Mountains Center

  1. Presentation of a Proclamation recognizing March 19, 2011, as Master Gardner Appreciation Day
  2. Special recognition of the Hall County Recycling Center staff for exemplary service.
  3. Consent Agenda unanimously approved:     
    1. Approved February 24, 2011, meeting minutes.
    2. Approved reappointment of David Lee to the Lanier Joint Development Authority for Hall and Forsyth Counties.  (Full Commission).
    3. Approved appointment of Commissioner Billy Powell to the Lanier Joint Development Authority for Hall and Forsyth Counties.  (Full Commission).
    4. Approved the Northeastern Judicial Circuit Juvenile Court's application to the State of Georgia Governor's Office of Children and Families 2011 Year 2 Continuation Application System of Care Grant to reduce truancy, increase literacy and increase the graduation rate.
    5. Approved the Hall County Solicitor’s Office application to the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for a 2011 Violence Against Women Act Grant (VAWA) to fund a full-time investigator.
    6. Approved the Hall County District Attorney and Solicitor’s Office application to the Department of Justice for a 2011 Violence Against Women Grant to fund a Victim Advocate, Investigator and Spanish-speaking Victim Advocate in the Solicitor’s Office, as well as a Spanish-speaking Victim Advocate for the DA’s Office.
    7. Approved submission of the Georgia Department of Human Resources FY12 Federal Section 5310 Grant Application for public transit.
    8. Approved authorization for County Attorney to proceed with the collection of $25,000 Irrevocable Letter of Credit for Streets in Watermark Subdivision.
    9. Approved acceptance of $19,500 Irrevocable Letter of Credit for Sidewalks in Misty Harbor Subdivision.
    10. Approved HB 277 (Transportation Investment Act of 2010) Project List to be submitted to the Georgia Department of Transportation.
    11. Approve the following bid: Traffic Control Supplies (Public Works), EPH and Associates, Inc., $20,382.10

Hall County Commissioners want Mobile Homeowners to Pay Their Taxes

Hall County Commissioners want Mobile Homeowners to Pay Their Taxes

Gainesville, GA--  Due to record budget shortages across the state and in Hall County, county commissioners have made a move to attempt to collect delinquent taxes form mobile homeowners.  During a meeting on Monday, Commissioner Scott Gibbs said that he randomly drove around his district and found only 2 out of 100 mobile owners with the up-do-date sticker showing they had paid their taxes.

The Nikki Young of Hall County told 11Alive News that "$860,000 in tax revenue has been billed and $190,000 remains unpaid."  When asked whether there was a need or desire for new laws to be placed on the books, she said that there are already laws on the books, but that the problem is, "enforcement...With only 4 marshals in the field, it is hard to enforce the delinquent tax laws."

In an AP article citing the GainesvilleTimes, Commissioner Gibbs is quoted to saying he is looking to give county marshals "some teeth".