Tag Archive for hall county news

Do I Have to Vote?

So, I’ve been out of it the past couple of months; I thought that former Commissioner Ashley Bell was running for Mayor of Gainesville.  It turns out, that Ashley decided to sit this one out.  So where does that leave us?  Well, there was going to be some challenged positions for council, but two candidates…

The Smell of Flowers

I will say it if no one else will: I have been disappointed with our new chairman.  First he decides that he wants to turn our county into a police state, then he votes to keep the Red Rabbit, and now he wants to help out the gardeners in the county.

I Will Raise you Twice

Ah yes, the annual increase in the price of water is upon us.  It appears that the City of Gainesville needs the money.  At least that must have been the recommendation after their retreat.  Luckily for most of us, we pay twice as much for water as a resident of Gainesville.  I would call it…

No Respect

I would imagine that the Town of Braselton must be feeling a little like Rodney Dangerfield; they just can’t get any respect. First, the County goes and names a road within their jurisdiction, now it appears the state has done so as well.  In what has to be an embarrassing oversight for our legal organ,…

LOST in another SPLOST

Are you ready for the next round of SPLOST?  Well, ready or not, here it comes.  The cities are starting to get their ducks in a row.  Forget about the fact that Gainesville is suing the County, or the fact that T-SPLOST was hammered in an election last year, the cities look to be positioning…

What’s in a Name?

In what is looking more and more like the county commission’s version of Custard’s Last Stand, the BOC appears to be going down the unfriendly road in changing the name of Friendship Road to Lake Lanier Islands Parkway.  To me this looks like a battle between history and future with change being the weapon of…

Half truth is too much to ask for

This has to be filed in the “if I read it in the paper, it must be true” folder.  While trying to unwind and catch my breath from the Falcon’s game this past Sunday, I decided to catch up on some news from the area.  While reading the local rag, I was reminded about why…

Your LOST is the Cities Gain

Following up on what Conservative posted, I think it is important to add perspective to the debate.  Conservative pointed out that the purpose of LOST is to provide property tax relief to the citizens.  If you take a look at the County’s budget, you will see that that ~41% of the budget (or ~$36.7m) comes…

LOST and Found

Ok, I’m going to break Local Option Sales Tax (here on referred to as LOST)  down as easily as I can. Point one and most important, “The General Assembly initially authorized the levy of a LOST in 1975 both for the purpose of providing property tax relief for residents and to assist local governments in…