News Line for Oakwood

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

Oakwood OKs rezoning for 302 homes
Oakwood City Council gave its OK Monday night to a rezoning that enables a 302-home subdivision and some 20 acres for commercial development.
Source: Gainesville Times

Joint Municipal Association focuses on sustainable development
Collaboration was the theme at Monday night’s Joint Municipal Association meeting as officials reported and heard progress toward cultivating a unified Northeast Georgia presence that is economically sound and sustainable.
Source: Gainesville Times

Oakwood planning board OKs subdivision proposal
A rezoning to enable a proposed subdivision with up to 302 homes off Ga. 13/Falcon Parkway in South Hall County got the Oakwood Planning Commission’s approval Monday night.
Source: Gainesville Times

Oakwood formally asks county for equality in fire district tax rate
The city of Oakwood has formally asked Hall County to apply the same fire district tax rate rollback to Oakwood taxpayers as it provides taxpayers in unincorporated parts of the county.
Source: Access North Georgia

Lower SPLOST revenues force Oakwood to scale back projects
Because of revenues falling short of projections, Oakwood has scaled back projects funded by the special purpose local option sales tax.
Source: Gainesville Times

Oakwood seeks $800,000 for roadwork at King’s Hawaiian
Expecting a burst of traffic from King’s Hawaiian’s planned expansion, Oakwood is seeking grant money to help with related road improvements.
Source: Gainesville Times

Oakwood addresses fire tax inequality
Oakwood City Council voted Monday to formally contact the Hall County Board of Commissioners about fire tax inequalities between the city and unincorporated areas of the county.
Source: Gainesville Times

Oakwood's resolution tries to engage residents in fire tax debate
Oakwood City Council has passed a resolution calling on its residents “to speak out” about a fire tax “inequity” for city taxpayers.
Source: Gainesville Times

Oakwood approves cell tower at Maranatha Baptist Church
Oakwood City Council gave its OK on Monday night to AT&T putting up a 195-foot cellphone tower at Maranatha Baptist Church in Oakwood.
Source: Gainesville Times

Oakwood again considers creating its own fire department
Concerned over the cost of fire protection being paid to Hall County by its residents, Oakwood officials are again discussing the possibility of a city fire department.
Source: Gainesville Times

Oakwood police moving to City Hall
The Oakwood Police Department will soon be sharing quarters with the City Hall and municipal court, City Manager Stan Brown said.
Source: Gainesville Times

Oakwood to move forward on sewer project
Oakwood is edging toward a sewer project that would mainly serve an apartment complex where a septic drain field has been failing for years.
Source: Gainesville Times

Oakwood City Council approves 2014 budget
Oakwood City Council voted Monday to approve its 2014 spending plan.
Source: Gainesville Times

Oakwood looking to spruce up appearance
Oakwood is trying to spruce up its physical appearance from its tiny downtown to the cluster of strip shopping centers and fast-food restaurants along Mundy Mill Road.
Source: Gainesville Times

Oakwood moves closer to 2014 budget approval
After no one showed for Monday evening’s budget hearing, Oakwood City Council appears poised to go forward with its no-frills 2014 spending plan.
Source: Gainesville Times

Dog tethering ban lacks official support
The city of Oakwood is the latest local government that is considering a no-tethering law, but Hall County government officials are reluctant to consider a similar measure, some residents say.
Source: Gainesville Times

Oakwood tax rate to remain same
Oakwood residents will see the same tax rate when tax bills go out Dec. 2.
Source: Gainesville Times

Hall and cities reach consensus on LOST deal
After nearly two years of fighting, mediation and mandated court “baseball” arbitration, it took Hall County and its cities just about four hours Thursday to agree on a new local option sales tax agreement.
Source: Gainesville Times

Hall and its cities hold emergency session to re-do LOST
Hall County and its cities met in emergency called session Thursday afternoon and agreed to revise the Local Option Sales Tax distribution certificate originally approved on Tuesday and sent to the State Revenue Department.
Source: Access North Georgia

Some area cities resist new local option sales tax agreement
With the possibility of losing local option sales tax revenue, Hall County and Gainesville have rushed this week to approve a new proposal for distribution of LOST revenues between the county government and its municipalities. But some Hall cities have decided not to sign off on the new agreement, which has the same distribution formula as that adopted in 2002.
Source: Gainesville Times