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Take part in YOUR Government. Citizens' Academy starts March 14th

Take part in YOUR Government. Citizens' Academy starts March 14th

Gainesville, GA--  (City of Gainesville)  Come and find out why Gainesville has been recognized as a City of Excellence, a Georgia Trendsetter City, A City of Ethics and one of the lowest tax towns in the nation. Sponsored by the City of Gainesville, the seven week session will begin Monday, March 14, 2011 with graduation on Monday, May 2, 2011.

According to City Manager Kip Padgett, this is not your typical classroom lecture. “We work really hard to make the classes interesting. When we’re teaching about the City’s finances we give everyone 100 pennies and ask them to divide them between all city departments. When you realize 50 pennies immediately go to Police and Fire it’s an eye opening experience. Each department has come up with a way to make learning about city government interesting. This year, we will take additional time to explain how the City is handling the financial shortfall,” Padgett said.

State Senate Meets in Gainesville to Discuss immigration and Georgia's Economy

State Senate Meets in Gainesville to Discuss immigration and Georgia's Economy

Gainesville, GA--  (submitted by Tanya Womack)  The Senate Special Committee on Immigration and Georgia’s Economy will hold its second public hearing on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Georgia Mountain Center in Gainesville, Georgia.

Business, political and community leaders and faith based organizations have been invited to share their observations on the impact of immigration and the economy in their communities.

WHERE: 301 Main Street, SW 

Panelists:

Senator Curt Thompson, Chairman, Tucker

Senator Gail Davenport, Jonesboro

Senator Jason Carter, Decatur

Senator Emanuel Jones, DeKalb

Senator Doug Stoner, Smyrna

Senator Vincent Fort, Atlanta

Board of Commissioners' Meeting on Thursday February 10th

Board of Commissioners' Meeting on Thursday February 10th

Gainesville, GA--  Hall County Board of Commissioners' Meeting.  Thursday, February 10, 2011 6:00 p.m.

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

Hall County Government Reminders

Hall County Government Reminders

Hall County, GA--  This is a reminder that Hall County’s administrative offices, courts and community centers will be closed Feb. 14 for an employee furlough day.

Early voting begins Feb. 9 for the March 15 special election, so the Elections and Voter Registration office will not close for the furlough day.

Public safety and necessary public works personnel will continue service as usual during the furlough. The landfill and compactor sites will remain open.

New Touch-screen Polls tested for March 15 Special Election

New Touch-screen Polls tested for March 15 Special Election

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

The Hall County Board of Elections will hold a special election on March 15, 2011, regarding a 1% Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for Educational Purposes. The referendum was requested by the Hall County Board of Education, the City of Gainesville Board of Education and City of Buford Board of Education.

The Board of Elections will conduct a Logics and Accuracy Test on the Touch Screen Precinct, Accu-Vote Absentee Voting and Express Poll Systems that will be used in the upcoming special election. The test will begin on Monday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m., at the Hall County Elections and Voter Registration Office located at 2285 Browns Bridge Road, Suite 2, in Gainesville, and will continue until all units have been tested and proven accurate.

You can now view the Hall County Board of Commissioners' Meeting on TV

(submitted by Nikki Young of Hall County)

The Board of Commissioners’ Jan. 27 meeting highlights are now available online.

Watch the meeting on TV18 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. for the following week. Meeting videos are available online the next day.

For information about proposed or approved ordinances, please contact Clerk of Commission Heather Bennett Coggins at 770-535-8288.

Nikki Young

Public Information Officer

Hall County Government

(770) 297-5504 - office

Hall County Offices open as usual Thursday; Jan. 17 furlough cancelled

Gainesville, GA--  

Hall County offices and courts will open as usual at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13. Because the county was closed Monday and Tuesday due to inclement weather, the furlough scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 18, has been cancelled. Offices and courts will be closed Monday, Jan. 17, for the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday but will open for business on Jan. 18.

Jan. 11 will be considered a furlough day for employees. The Hall County Board of Commissioners instituted one day per month of unpaid leave for all employees as a cost-saving measure during the economic recession. The Board of Commissioners will officially approve the change in the furlough schedule at its next meeting on Jan. 27.

“I believe this is the best approach to serve our taxpayers by reducing interruption of county services as much as possible,” Interim County Administrator Jock Connell said.