After the Fannin County Board of Commissioners heard the first public hearing on the proposed County Park Ordinance this week and mulled over a few other minor items, the focus of the meeting moved once again to the lodging tax debate. Last month, commissioners approved an increase in the lodging tax, from three percent to five percent. That move means that January 1st, one percent of the increase will automatically go to the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, leaving one percent in tax revenue available to promote tourism. Since the announcement of the increase, two groups have dominated the debate, each group advocating the money go to its cause. These two groups were well represented this week’s meeting. [Read more »]
Natural gas provider Atlanta Gas Light Company (AGL) is mapping out a possible gas line that will span the 20 miles between Ellijay and Blue Ridge. The area, known to many as the Blue Ridge Corridor, “is part of AGL’s certificated service territory, but is not currently served by natural gas,” according to recent correspondence from the company.
The Fannin County Board of Commissioners (BOC) is expected to vote on a millage rate increase at tonight's meeting, which takes place on the third floor of the Fannin County Courthouse, starting at 6 p.m. Just before commissioners meet, the county Board of Education will hold its regular meeting to vote on a property tax increase proposal, as well. The BOE will then hand deliver a letter to county commissioners at their meeting Tuesday night to put their tax request before commissioners at the same time commissioners will be voting on a millage increase for the county budget. To see a copy of tonight's commission meeting agenda, click the following hyperlink: Fannin Co. BOC Agenda_July 26, 2011
In the coming year, it could cost a little more to stay in a hotel or rent a cabin in Fannin County. That has at least one area entrepreneur worried he'll lose business and another asking that the money be dedicated to the arts. The first public hearing on a proposed excise tax increase took place Tuesday night during the regular Fannin County Board of Commissioners meeting with only two residents offering feedback to the board.
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In a speech to the Fannin County Republican Party, Georgia Senator Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega) commented on the state’s recently passed illegal immigration reform bill. He addressed tough questions surrounding the bill, including its impact on South Georgia agriculture.
Downtown Blue Ridge hosted the 2011 Fannin County Relay for Life event Friday. A huge, lively crowd came out to celebrate cancer survivors, remember lost loved ones, and to raise money for research.
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