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Tuesday May 31st, 2016 2:00PM

Hall Co. Commission announces SPLOST vote delay

By Brian Stewart Reporter
HALL COUNTY - At its meeting Thursday night, the Hall County Commission announced a delay in the vote on a proposed Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) referendum.<br /> <br /> The vote was set for November, but will now be pushed back to March 2015.<br /> <br /> "We wanted to get more public input," said Scott Gibbs, District 3 Commissioner.<br /> <br /> He said that summer was "probably a bad time" to collect citizen input, since many people are out of town or busy with children who are out of school.<br /> <br /> Gibbs added that more public meetings are on the way.<br /> <br /> "We're going to have at least two more meetings in the fall, and hopefully have a little better turnout that we've had [at previous meetings]," said Gibbs.<br /> <br /> He added that the online comment section will likely be reopened as well.<br /> <br /> <B>HALL COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT GIVEN LOWER ISO RATING</b><br /> <br /> Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell announced at the commission meeting that Hall County received a rating of "3" by the Insurance Services Office.<br /> <br /> The scale is rated 1-10, with "1" being the best rating. Only 95 fire stations in the state of Georgia received a rating of "3" or better.<br /> <br /> The new rating is effective October 1, 2014.<br /> <br /> To meet the standard--and take advantage of the subsequent drop in fire insurance--citizens would ideally be within five miles of a fire station and 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant.<br /> <br /> Kimbrell encouraged residents to double-check their insurance coverage as well.<br /> <br /> "We have found that many people are rated incorrectly," said Kimbrell.<br /> <br /> He said citizens should feel free to call fire services for any assistance.<br /> <br /> Kimbrell added that this lower rating could drop some people's insurance rates by 50-percent or more.<br /> <br /> "This is a quantifiable way of showing that the fire department is providing a good service to our citizens," said Kimbrell.
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