Habersham Commission Approves Bond Sales to Finance County SPLOST Projects


More fallout from Monday’s county Commission meeting. Approved was a motion to sell almost $11 million in bonds to finance three county SPLOST projects. Those three are a Public Safety Radio System, an Emergency Services Base Station, and the Clarkesville Utility Project. The revenue generated by the penny tax is expected to more than cover the $11 million debt.

An agreement with Baldwin to provide county emergency services passed and only commissioner Jimmy Tench opposed a motion for the county to reinstate its membership in the National association of counties. The annual cost to join is $773.

Elsewhere a motion to have county tax appraiser Joan Church join the county board of tax assessors failed by a 3-2 vote. County Manager Phil Sutton offered some insight into the motion made by Commissioner Tench and possible reasons why it failed.

(Sound) Sutton

Piedmont college is anticipating future enrollment growth and broke ground Monday for Mystic Hall, the college’s largest ever residential complex. The 60,000-square foot building will house 268 students and should be completed early next year.

And whether it’s the truth or just a nice thing to say on live radio, GEMA site coordinator Don Strength has this to say about the reputation of the mega vaccination site in Clarkesville…

(sound) Strength: