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Hall County Approves 2 Payment System for Taxpayers

Atlanta, GA--  Hall County property owners have the option to pay taxes in two installments starting with the 2011 tax year. The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to change from one to two due dates, following the results of a referendum by the voters on Nov. 3.

Tax Commissioner Keith Echols will mail a tax bill on Aug. 1 that includes two payment coupons. The first installment will be due Oct. 1, at which time at least half of the total must be paid. Late payments accrue interest of 1-percent per month. The remainder is due Dec. 1. If the entire amount is not paid by Dec. 1, a 10-percent penalty will be charged after 90 days, in addition to 1-percent interest per month.

Penalties and interest for Hall County property taxes are set by state law, unlike municipal taxes. The City of Gainesville allows taxpayers the option to pay in two installments, but the first due date is not mandatory. The Oct.

MARITIME FOUNDATION HOSTS 5TH ANNUAL PARADE OF LIGHTS ON DECEMBER 4

MARITIME FOUNDATION HOSTS 5TH ANNUAL PARADE OF LIGHTS ON DECEMBER 4

Atlanta, GA-- Registration for participants is open for the UYC Maritime Foundation Boat Parade of Lights, set for Lake Lanier on Saturday, December 4.  This year the organization is seeking boats to participate in a Lighted Boat Parade on Lake Lanier.  It will also include “A Taste of the Lake” and activities for every age at Aqualand Marina. Phil Niekro and Bruce Erion will be masters of ceremonies.

Students and Parents Encouraged to Attend College Fair on Tuition Assistance

Atlanta, GA--  Councilman Aaron Watson and School Board member, Yolanda Johnson have teamed up with The Scholarship Academy in an effort to help Atlanta students and parents secure funding for college.  The "I am College Material" Fair will take place on Wednesday 11/17 from 4pm-8pm at the Atrium in Atlanta City Hall.

The Federal Pell Grant and Georgia HOPE are both facing major shortages in the coming years, and the councilman want families to start planning now for their educational futures.

The Scholarship Academy is a local nonprofit scholarship preparatory program that has launched this "I am College Material" Scholarship Fair.  

The event will introduce “average students” to the private scholarship application process.