News Line for Flowery Branch

Flowery Branch home may go to family in need
The future of a downtown Flowery Branch home is in flux while city officials decide how to proceed.
Source: Gainesville Times

Flowery Branch City Council approves 2015 budget
In a 4-1 vote, the Flowery Branch City Council approved a budget for fiscal year 2015 Thursday night.
Source: Access North Georgia

Former Flowery Branch Mayor dies
Former Flowery Branch Mayor Eugene Green has died.
Source: Access North Georgia

Officials conclude tax input meetings
While comments on The Times website and Facebook page often reveal opposition to a new round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, residents at the last of three meetings Thursday in Gainesville to gather public input on what projects to fund said they supported the tax.
Source: Gainesville Times

Flowery Branch proposes $3.4 million 2015 budget
Flowery Branch city officials are proposing an increased 2015 budget, reflecting the first tax increase in nine years.
Source: Gainesville Times

First Flowery Branch tax increase hearing draws little attention
After nine consecutive years of no increase in the millage rate, one would think that the announcement of a 17.62% increase in that rate for the new budget would garner a lot of response from the citizenry.
Source: Access North Georgia

Hall GOP opposes tax increases for county, Flowery Branch
The Hall County Republican Party said in a published statement it is opposed to proposed tax increases by the Hall County Commission and the Flowery Branch City Council.
Source: Access North Georgia

Gainesville, Flowery Branch, Braselton getting state transportation grants, loans
Gov. Nathan Deal Wednesday announced the approval of funding for 20 transportation infrastructure projects totaling $33 million in grants and loans provided through the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB). Gainesville is getting some of the money, as are Flowery Branch and Braselton.
Source: Access North Georgia

Flowery Branch considers business tax revision
Flowery Branch City Council approved the first reading of its proposal to revise the city’s occupational tax structure at its Thursday night meeting.
Source: Gainesville Times

Officials to discuss new SPLOST projects, timetable tonight
Local government officials will meet tonight to strategize about a new special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII, that is likely to come up for a ballot referendum this fall.
Source: Gainesville Times

Downtown revitalizing is all the rage for city centers
City Councilwoman Mary Jones remembers a totally different downtown Flowery Branch not so long ago.
Source: Gainesville Times

Flowery Branch weighs benefits of tax change
Flowery Branch City Council discussed three revised occupational tax rate structures designed to bring the city’s business license fees more in line with the county and surrounding cities.
Source: Gainesville Times

Flowery Branch Council gives final okay to quarry expansion
In a unanimous vote Thursday night, Flowery Branch City Council members gave final approval to an expansion of a quarry owned and operated by Vulcan Materials.
Source: Access North Georgia

Meeting to set stage for new SPLOST
Hall County and area municipal officials will gather today to begin laying the groundwork for a new special purpose local option sales tax.
Source: Gainesville Times

Flowery Branch looks at downtown murals
The City of Flowery Branch is planning to 'paint the town' with a historic mural that recalls the days when steam locomotives pulled in to pick up and deliver freight and passengers.
Source: Access North Georgia

Flowery Branch gives first OK to quarry expansion
Flowery Branch City Council gave its first OK Thursday night to expanding the city’s lone rock quarry, while signaling company officials and area residents to keep working toward a final agreement on conditions.
Source: Gainesville Times

Vulcan gets its first yes vote from Flowery Branch
Flowery Branch City Council Thursday night on first reading voted to annex and rezone 41 acres of land requested by Vulcan Construction Materials, which owns a large quarry already in the city limits.
Source: Access North Georgia

Water quality improvements could mean big bucks
There’s environmental green and dollar green, and both got heavy chatter at Thursday’s Lake Lanier Stakeholders meeting.
Source: Gainesville Times

Flowery Branch City Council approves contract for clerk
Flowery Branch City Council ratified the employment contract for its new city clerk during its Thursday night meeting.
Source: Gainesville Times

Flowery Branch hires Hall County commissioners' clerk
Flowery Branch has named Hall County Board of Commissioners Clerk Melissa McCain as its replacement for Marja Burney, who resigned the position Jan 9.
Source: Gainesville Times

Flowery Branch hires new City Clerk
The Flowery Branch City Council has hired a new City Clerk following the resignation of the former clerk earlier this month.
Source: Access North Georgia

Flowery Branch, Braselton awarded water-sewer loans by state
Braselton, Claxton, Elberton, Flowery Branch, Pooler, Thomaston, and Unadilla were awarded financing totaling $15.4 million for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors Tuesday.
Source: Access North Georgia

Flowery Branch seeking other funding to finish SPLOST projects
With special purpose local option sales tax revenue coming in at about 60 percent of projections, Flowery Branch has faced a challenging funding environment, City Manager Bill Andrew said.
Source: Gainesville Times

Flowery Branch City Council OKs annexing 11-acre parcel
Flowery Branch City Council voted unanimously to annex and rezone four “highly developable” properties on Spout Springs and Old Orr roads during its Thursday night meeting.
Source: Gainesville Times

Flowery Branch starts the year with a 'clean audit'
Flowery Branch City Council got the 2013 audit they wanted to start 2014 on a good footing Thursday night from auditor Wayne Tuck of Gainesville.
Source: Access North Georgia