Habersham Co. - Habersham County Commission Chairman Stacy Hall announced today, Friday, Jan. 23, that he will not seek re-election for the District 1 seat on the Habersham County Board of Commissioners.
“It has been my profound honor to represent Habersham County over the last three years and I look forward to continuing this rewarding work through the remaining year of my term,” Hall says.
“I believe very strongly that every American should serve their community in whatever capacity that God has called them. For me, at this time, it was in the role of commissioner. In that role, I can honestly say that each and every day, I served the people of this great county to the best of my ability," Hall says. "When my current term ends, I plan to spend more time with my family. I will have about six months left with my daughter before she leaves for college and about 2 ½ years with my son before he graduates. I value my role as a father and want to make sure that I’m able to invest in my children during this time. I will, however, continue to find ways to serve others in the community as this is something my wife, Ivy, and I are very passionate about.”
Hall continues, saying “Although the commission has had some big challenges, I’m proud of what we and the county have accomplished.”
According to the release sent out by Hall, the key successes include: refinancing Series B Hospital Bonds which saved taxpayers nearly $1 Million in long-term payments; a lower ISO rating as a result of strategic deployment of SPLOST funds within the Fire Department providing significant insurance premium cost savings in unincorporated areas; securing record amounts of grant funding including over $20 Million during the last three years; negotiated a $1 million contract for the sale of the old courthouse building including a resolution to apply proceeds toward county debt; fought to keep county property tax rates among the lowest in Georgia; made key decisions that led to significant decrease in turnover rate within public safety; and led discussions to pass a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary County Resolution in Habersham County.
Hall was elected in Nov. of 2016 to a four-year term and was recently re-elected as Chairman this month.
"During his term in office, Hall worked to plan for responsible growth within the county in an effort to balance the tax digest and lessen the burden on property owners, all while protecting the agricultural community and Habersham’s natural resources," the release reads. "Consistently a leading voice in solving problems, he worked diligently to be judicious and efficient with tax-payer funds."
Hall was instrumental in leading negotiations with Northeast Georgia Health System that led to the current affiliation and 5-year plan for asset purchase of Habersham Medical Center, ultimately reducing the debt burden on tax-payers. During his second year as Commissioner, Hall was appointed to the Habersham County Hospital Authority where he was elected Chairman and served in that role for about a year and a half before being elected as Chair of the County Commission in 2019.
Qualifying for the District 1 seat on the Habersham County Board of Commissioners is set for March 2-6 with the General Primary on May 19.